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‘Gopher’ tourney begins today

The Dale “Gopher” Lien Memorial Amateur Baseball Tournament will be held today and tomorrow at Jack Brown Stadium.

Four games will be played today and two more on Sunday. Play begins at noon today and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Teams competing are the Jamestown Merchants, Jamestown Elks, Bismarck Brewers and the Mayville Redcaps.

Dale “Gopher” Lien Memorial Tournament

At Jack Brown Stadium

Saturday’s schedule

Noon: Bismarck Brewers vs. Jamestown Elks

2:15 p.m.: Bismarck Brewers vs. Jamestown Merchants

4:30 p.m.: Mayville Redcaps vs. Merchants

6:45: Elks vs. Redcaps

Sunday schedule

11 a.m.: Redcaps vs. Brewers

1:15 p.m.: Elks vs. Merchants

Nelson Co., New Rockford split

Nelson County scored 22 runs and New Rockford 19 in an American Legion doubleheader split on Thursday.

Riley Nelson went 4-for-4 as Nelson County won the opener 17-12.

Ben Halvorson added three hits, while Dakota Hoyt added two.

New Rockford had 15 hits with Ethan Haley, Seth Gillis and Ben McKay pounding out three knocks each.

In game 2, Eric Anderson tripled, while Ben McKay and Eric Anderson had two hits as New Rockford earned the split, 7-5.

Leading Nelson County with two hits was Jayden Grover.

American Legion Baseball

Nelson County 17, New Rockford 12

Nelson County 003 509 0 — 17 12 7

New Rockford 300 230 4 — 12 15 7

Jayden Grover, Jon Lund (7) and Matt Miller. Seth Gillis, Chance LaBrie (4), Ethan Haley (4) and LaBrie, Haley (4). W—Grover. L—Gillis.

Highlights: Nelson County, Riley Nelson 4-4, Halvorson 3-4, Dakota Hoyt 2-4, Larson 2-5. NR, Ethan Haley 3-5, Gillis 3-5, Ben McKay 3-5.

New Rockford 7, Nelson County 5

Nelson County 004 10 — 5 4 2

New Rockford 313 0x — 7 8 0

Hoyt and Lund. Ethan Haley and Braydon Meehan. W—Haley. L—Hoyt.

Highlights: Nelson County, Grover 2-3. New Rockford, Eric Anderson 2-2, 3B; LaBrie 2-3, 3 R; McKay 2-3 2 2Bs.

Tanaka apologizes for injury

NEW YORK (TSX) — Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka apologized Friday to the New York Yankees, his teammates and fans for being sidelined by a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

Tanaka, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, will initially attempt non-surgical intervention that includes a platelet-rich plasma injection before starting a throwing program.

“I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time. I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tanaka visited three doctors and each one confirmed a small ligament tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Cashman said Tanaka could return in six weeks, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.