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GIANTS-ROYALS

Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jason Vargas dazzled for the third straight start, the Royals finally scored off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Kansas City beat San Francisco 2-0 on Wednesday night to split their two-game series.

Vargas (3-0) scattered four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, his 12th straight start allowing two runs or fewer - the longest streak by a left-hander in franchise history.

The veteran is also unbeaten in his last eight home starts.

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief of Vargas, and Kelvin Herrera worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his third save and finish a 5-3 homestand for the Royals.

PIRATES-CARDINALS

Fowler hits 1st 2 Cards HRs in 2-1 win, sweeping Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals, who swept the Pirates on Wednesday with their third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

Fowler had three of the Cardinals' eight hits, hitting a third-inning drive into the right-field bullpen and a shot down the right-field line in the fifth, both off Gerrit Cole (1-2).

Josh Bell had tied the score with a fourth-inning homer to center against Michael Wacha (2-1), who had retired his first 10 batters.

St. Louis is 6-9, winning its opener and losing nine of 11 before the sweep.

WILD-BLUES

Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.

Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came almost two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. Martin Hanzal also scored for Minnesota in the second.

Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves. He entered having stopping 114 of the Wild's first 117 shots in the series.

St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Minnesota on Saturday.

WICHITA ST-JONES

Wichita St hires former UCF coach Donnie Jones as assistant

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State has hired former Marshall and Central Florida coach Donnie Jones as an assistant for coach Gregg Marshall, filling the spot opened when Chris Jans took the head job at New Mexico State.

Marshall announced the hiring in a statement Wednesday.

Jones spent last season working as a college scout for the Clippers. He spent the previous nine years as a head coach, first for the Thundering Herd and then for UCF from 2010-16.

Marshall said he's known Jones for more than 20 years, and that they had talked about working with each other for a while. Jones' expertise in recruiting will be helpful as the Shockers make the move to the American Athletic Conference beginning next season.

NEBRASKA-LEE

Riley tweets Tanner Lee enters summer as Huskers' No. 1 QB

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced on Twitter that Tanner Lee will head into summer as the Cornhuskers' No. 1 quarterback.

Riley said in a series of tweets Wednesday night that the competition among the quarterbacks was outstanding this spring and that they would continue to push each other. Riley said coaches met with the quarterbacks and "explained the importance of defining a starter at this time."

Lee, a junior from Destrehan, Louisiana, who transferred from Tulane, beat out redshirt freshman Patrick O'Brien. Lee made 19 starts at Tulane in 2014-15 and completed 54 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Lee was sharp in the spring game on Saturday, completing 13 of 19 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

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