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Litchfield’s Kinny, Pater, Whitchurch named to All-Tournament team

The Class AA boys basketball runner-up Litchfield Dragons had three players named to the All-Tournament team, seniors Zach Kinny, Riley Pater and Zach Whitchurch.

In three games last week in Minneapolis, Kinny scored 45 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and handed out 14 assists, Pater scored 31 points, hooked 18 rebounds and made 9 assists, and Whitchurch scored 36 points behind 9-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.

Pelfrey sharp, but Twins fall 4-3 to Cardinals

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shaky afternoon on the mound quickly became a most memorable day for Shelby Miller.

The 22-year-old rookie pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he’d won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Monday.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struck out four, walked one and gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He has a 5.52 ERA after five spring starts.

The Twins optioned catcher Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester and reassigned catcher Dan Rohlfing, outfielder Brandon Boggs and infielders Jeff Clement and Ray Olmedo to minor league camp.

Lohse, Brewers complete $33 million, 3-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Lohse waited all winter and finally found a home with Milwaukee.

Lohse and the Brewers completed a three-year contract worth $33 million on Monday, a big boost to their suspect rotation exactly a week before the season opener at home against Colorado.

Lohse enjoyed his best season in the majors last year, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and helping the St. Louis Cardinals earn an NL wild-card spot.

Lohse is 118-109 with a 4.45 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He went 55-35 in five seasons with the Cardinals.

Trucks, who threw two no-hitters in 1952, dies

DETROIT (AP) — Virgil “Fire” Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in 1952, has died. He was 95.

Charter Funeral Home and Crematory in Calera, Ala., confirmed Trucks’ death but did not release a specific cause.

The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.

Trucks is one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season, according to STATS. The others were Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Nolan Ryan (1973) and Roy Halladay (2010).  

— Associated Press/Staff reports