Price, DeJesus key Rays' 7-3 win over Twins
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Price (3-1) struck out 12 in his ninth career complete game.
DeJesus stopped an 0 for 24 skid with an RBI single during a three-run first and added a third-inning two-run single.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings for Minnesota. The right-hander had given up just two runs over 19 1-3 innings in his three other starts this year.
The Twins got home runs from Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello.
Rays SS Yunel Escobar strikes out on a 4-2 pitch
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Major League Baseball has acknowledged it failed to correct a pitch count after Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar struck out in an at-bat that was completed after a replay review.
After a replay delay of 1 minute, 47 seconds in Tuesday night's game against Minnesota, umpires incorrectly ruled the count on Escobar was 3-2. Escobar struck out on the next pitch after already taking four balls.
"An error was made when replay officials and supervisors mistakenly thought one of the pitches was a foul ball when it was actually a ball," MLB said in a statement.
Tampa Bay beat the Twins 7-3.
Jose Fernandez Ks 14, Marlins shut out Braves 1-0
ATLANTA (AP) - Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.
The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee's single up the middle.
Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks.
Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Heat looking to improve in Game 2 vs. Bobcats
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James says Game 1 of a series is a feeling-out game, and Game 2 is where improvement happens.
That's what he expects from the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Miami took the opener of an Eastern Conference first-round series from Charlotte on Sunday, a game where the Bobcats saw Al Jefferson limp around for the final three quarters because of an ailing left foot.
Jefferson's availability remains in question, although he insists he'll play. In any case, the Heat say they're more worried about their own game.
Heat point guard Mario Chalmers missed practice Tuesday with a bruised shin, an injury from Game 1.
Smith leads Buccaneers' voluntary minicamp
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Football coaches can only learn so much watching players on film, so Lovie Smith is excited about finally having an opportunity to evaluate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field.
The Bucs began a three-day voluntary minicamp Tuesday, giving the team's new coaching staff what amounts to a head start on preparing for next season.
Smith and incoming general manager Jason Licht have spent the past three months overhauling the roster, including signing quarterback Josh McCown, defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, tight end Brandon Myers, defensive tackle Clifton McDonald and offensive linemen Evan Dietrich-Smith and Anthony Collins.
The Bucs began their offseason program two weeks ago. Smith is not surprised the start of minicamp drew 100 percent attendance, even though the practices are not mandatory.
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