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Oklahoma St rolls Purdue in Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Oklahoma St rolls Purdue in Heart of Dallas Bowl

DALLAS (AP) Oklahoma State didn't lack motivation after a tough Big 12 finish landed the Cowboys in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Quite the opposite.

They had something to prove.

Clint Chelf threw three of his team's five touchdown passes and Oklahoma State rolled up 524 yards of offense and forced five Purdue turnovers in a dominating 58-14 victory Tuesday.

``We were fired up because we felt like we deserved better, basically,'' said receiver Josh Stewart, whose 64-yard punt return set up the Cowboys' first touchdown. ``Coming into the game we knew we had to make a statement. And I think we did a good job of doing that.''

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy didn't hide the disappointment of sliding down the bowl priority list with an overtime loss to Oklahoma when the rival Sooners scored in the final seconds of regulation, followed by another narrow defeat at Baylor to finish the regular season.

The Cowboys (8-5), a year removed from finishing the best season in school history with a win in the Fiesta Bowl, responded with the school's most lopsided bowl win since Gundy was the quarterback in a 62-14 rout of Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.

``Some of the seniors, those guys, would like to have been in a better bowl,'' said Chelf, who was 17 of 22 for 197 yards with no interceptions. ``We're a highly motivated group. I think everybody wanted to go out there and prove people wrong, show them we could win a game like this.''

With former Purdue quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kyle Orton watching, Robert Marve didn't get to 100 yards passing until Oklahoma State led 45-0 as the Boilermakers (6-7) fell to 0-4 on New Year's Day.

The Boilermakers gave the Cowboys short fields on their first two scores after Stewart's long punt return and the first of Marve's two interceptions. Various mistakes with the game still close in the first half - a missed field goal, a drop with a receiver behind the defense, and failing to hold on to an easy interception - ended any hope for Purdue.

``When you turn the ball over five times, you don't take advantage of your opportunities, the game can turn out like this,'' said interim Purdue coach Patrick Higgins, who had fired coach Danny Hope visit the team in the locker room. New coach Darrell Hazell, hired from Kent State, also attended the game.

Leading 28-0 at halftime, Oklahoma State erased any lingering doubt three plays into the second half when Justin Gilbert stripped Purdue receiver O.J. Ross on a short completion. The loose ball shot straight to Daytawion Lowe, who ran 37 yards down the sideline in front of the Purdue bench for a 35-0 lead.

Lowe's score was the third fumble return for a touchdown at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium dating to the namesake bowl game that started in 1937 and moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009.

Oklahoma State's 58 points were the most in a bowl game at the Fair Park venue, topping the 55 scored by Keyshawn Johnson and Southern California against Texas Tech in 1995.

The Cowboys pushed the lead to 45-0 on Chelf's third touchdown pass, a leaping 37-yard grab in the end zone by Isaiah Anderson, who had 78 yards receiving.

Higgins might have unintentionally awakened the Cowboys soon after the late-morning kickoff on a cold, overcast day when he called for a fake punt from Purdue's 13 on its first possession.

The Boilermakers got a first down when punter Cody Webster ran 16 yards, but he ended up punting anyway five plays later, and Stewart's return to the Purdue 19 set up Chelf's 4-yard scoring pass to Charlie Moore. Marve threw his first interception on the next possession, and a 26-yard drive ended with Chelf's 7-yard TD to Blake Jackson.

``When they faked that punt on their own 13, they certainly got our attention they'd be willing to do anything,'' Gundy said.

J.W. Walsh had two touchdown passes for Oklahoma State after replacing Chelf in the third quarter, and freshman Wes Lunt, who won the quarterback job in summer workouts before getting hurt during the season, played the last half of the fourth.

Purdue finally scored late in the third quarter when Marve found a wide open Brandon Cottom for a 32-yard touchdown. Marve finished 21 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions, but was just 11 of 20 for 80 yards before the first scoring drive.

Down 14-0, the Boilermakers had their best chance to score in the first quarter when Akeem Shavers, who had 93 yards rushing, ran 24 yards to the Oklahoma State 23. Shamiel Gary, who earlier intercepted Marve on a tipped pass, made a strong tackle in the open field on third down, and Sam McCartney missed a 34-yard field goal.

The Cowboys then went 80 yards the other way, sparked by a 26-yard completion to Jackson. Oklahoma State scored on fourth-and-1 when Walsh, the short-yardage specialist, replaced Chelf and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Seaton.

Trailing 21-0, the Boilermakers were in scoring range again when Marve threw high on fourth-and-2 to an open Kurt Freytag, who got a hand on the ball but couldn't make a juggling catch.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

The Baltimore Orioles knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in extra innings on Thursday. Baltimore will now return home after a week-long road trip to face the Minnesota Twins. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Rays and Twins news:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Joey Rickard had himself a night against Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old went 4-for-5 with a double that scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and a triple. A good sign for him, as he entered Thursday's game with a .212 batting average and just 11 hits on the season. 

Pitcher John Means is moving to the bullpen after joining the starting rotation temporarily. With Alex Cobb expected to be back in the rotation, Means now will transition to a long-relief role for the Orioles.

Outfielder Austin Hays no longer needs a splint and is ready to begin hitting. He's been sidelined for nearly a month and will likely require multiple rehab games at extended spring training and/or the lower levels of the Orioles' minor-league system before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk.

RAYS:

Pitcher Jose De Leon is slated to throw again on Friday. De Leon will make a second appearance in Port Charlotte after throwing an inning in an extended spring game with no issues last week. The right-hander is trending in the right direction, though he remains without a concrete return timeline as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last March.

Pitcher Brent Honeywell is shut down with a sore elbow. Honeywell will be out for at least a few days after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.

Pitcher Blake Snell threw again on Thursday. For the second straight day there were no issues, and he is now moving toward an upcoming bullpen session as his next step in rehabilitation. 

TWINS: 

Outfielder Eddie Rosario hits two solo home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. It's been an up-and-down year for him, but since April 9 he has four multi-hit games and five long balls as well.

Catcher Jason Castro sat out Thursday's game against Toronto. He's been splitting time with Mitch Garver throughout the season. 

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Justin Miller resumes throwing activity

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Justin Miller resumes throwing activity

The Washington Nationals won their series against the San Francisco Giants by taking the final two games. Now their attention is back in the National League East as they play against the Miami Marlins on Friday. 

Here's the latest Nationals, Giants and Marlins news:

Player Notes: 

NATIONALS:

Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin finally earned his first win with a Curly W on his chest against the Giants. The lefty went 7.2 innings allowing one run on two hits and a walk while fanning nine batters. Even though it was his first win, it's been a strong start to 2019 with a 2.36 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.

Relief pitcher Justin Miller was seen playing catch in the outfield before Thursday's game. Miller is currently on the 10-day injured list and could return on April 23. The beginning of his season saw 6.1 innings pitched across seven games. 

Shortstop Wilmer Difo went yard and was 2-for-3 against the Giants. In addition to Difo's second home run of the season he also had a walk in his fill-in duties for the injured Trea Turner. He's at a .229/.315/375 slash line for the season. 

GIANTS:

Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven across 4.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Nationals. Pomeranz struggled to work efficiently during his Thursday afternoon outing, allowing runs and multiple baserunners in four of his five innings.

MARLINS: 

Pitcher Edward Cabrera was placed on the minor league 7-day injured list with an upper back issue. The Marlins believe Cabrera could be a huge addition to their pitching staff this year as he is holding opposing batters to a .171 average in High A ball. 

Injures: 

2B Brian Dozier: Toe, Sidelined

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Friday, 4/19: Nationals @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Saturday, 4/20: Nationals @ Marlins, 6:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Sunday, 4/21: Nationals @ Marlins, 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Source: Rotoworld

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