Adalberto Mejia combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in a matchup of the top two teams in the AL Central on Friday night. Mejia (2-3) held Cleveland to two hits in five innings, but had to work around five walks and two errors. The left-hander got out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth and stranded nine Indians runners on base. Cleveland was coming off a 7-1 road trip, including a four-game sweep at Target Field last weekend that gave the Indians first place in the division. The Twins are now 1 1/2 back. Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger combined to pitch the final four innings. Jorge
The Baltimore Orioles' pitching has been so horrific in June, they tied a dubious mark for ineptitude that has stood for almost a century, while the Washington Nationals and the Kansas City Royals both claimed walk-off victories. On Friday, Baltimore's hurlers gave up 11 hits, allowed eight walks and three home runs in a 15-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled mightily, yielding nine earned runs before getting the hook in less than three innings.
Picked-up pieces while wondering if there’s anything else we can do to honor David Ortiz . . . ■ Could the Celtics have made potential “fireworks” any more boring? zzz. There HAS to be more. Sorry, I would have done a deal on draft night. I would have kept the No. 1 pick and overpaid the Knicks with all those overrated “assets.” I would have done handstands to bring Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Or Jimmy Butler. The Celtics need adults, people who have proven they can play in the league. Best of luck to Jayson Tatum, but I’ve got no time for teen angels on training wheels on the parquet floor. The Timberwolves did what the Celtics should have done. They acquired Butler. They already have Karl-Anthony