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MN State Sports

Cron’s 3-run blast helps Twins split DH with Tigers

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Cron broke open the game with a three-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Saturday night to earn a split of a doubleheader. Cron’s line drive to left field in the fifth inning off rookie Gregory Soto ...

Odorizzi scoreless streak at 20 IP, Twins beat Tigers

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings with seven frames of one-hit ball, Max Kepler and Mitch Garver homered, and the thriving Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Friday night. Odorizzi (5-2) retired his ...

Germán wins again, Yanks top Twins 4-1 in rain-stopped game

NEW YORK (AP) — Domingo Germán already possessed an impressive fastball, curve and changeup. This year, he's added two equally important elements to his repertoire — confidence and concentration. Germán kept delivering on a wet, raw afternoon, tying for the major league lead with his ...

Berrios, Castro carry AL-leading Twins past Astros 8-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios won his fourth straight start, Jason Castro homered off former battery mate Brad Peacock and drove in four runs, and the AL-leading Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 8-2 on Thursday afternoon. Backed by a six-run fourth from the Twins against Peacock, ...

Perez tosses 8 scoreless innings, Twins top Astros

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martin Perez pitched eight scoreless innings in his longest start in two seasons, and Jonathan Schoop hit a towering two-run homer to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday night. Perez (4-0) allowed only ...

AP source: Timberwolves hire Rockets exec Gersson Rosas

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With just one appearance in the playoffs over the last 15 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves are seeking progress. They turned to one of the NBA's most forward-thinking organizations to find their next front office leader. The ...

Odorizzi edges Verlander as Twins beat Astros 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched seven solid innings to outduel Justin Verlander, Ehire Adrianza homered off Houston’s ace and the Minnesota Twins beat the Astros 1-0 on Monday night. Odorizzi (3-2) gave up four hits while beating Houston for the second time in two starts. He ...

Twins hit 5 more homers in big 9-2 win over Baltimore

By Jim Hoehn Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Baltimore’s pitching staff kept the Minnesota Twins in the ballpark — for five innings. Then it was back to normal for the Orioles. Minnesota hit five home runs for the second straight day, including a pair by Max Kepler in a 9-2 rout ...

Vikings stick with offensive approach on draft’s third day

By Brian Hall Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins’ first season in Minnesota was a letdown for a Vikings’ team full of Super Bowl aspirations, mainly because the offense underwhelmed and couldn’t support another top-five defense. Minnesota general manager Rick ...

Cruz hit 2 of Twins’ 5 homers in 6-1 win over Orioles

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit two of the Minnesota Twins' five home runs off Baltimore in a 6-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night. Cruz, Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron hit consecutive home runs in the first inning off Alex Cobb (0-2), with Cruz and ...

Vikings take Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in 2nd round

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the ...

Twins hold off Houston

HOUSTON –– The Minnesota Twins held off the Houston Astros 9-5 on Monday night, being led by Jorge Polanco’s four hits and four RBIs. Polanco went 4 for 5 with a home run and a double, while Nelson Cruz had two infield singles and an RBI. Jason Castro also homered for the Twins, while ...

Sparks acquire G Alexis Jones from Lynx for Odyssey Sims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Alexis Jones from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Odyssey Sims. Jones shot 38% from 3-point range and 86% from the free-throw line in a limited role during her rookie season last year. She was drafted 12th overall by the ...

Solid start by Gibson helps Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

BALTIMORE (AP) — There will be plenty of games this season in which the Minnesota Twins use the long ball to win. When that doesn't happen, they're happy to go with Plan B. Such was the case Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, when Minnesota produced just enough runs without the benefit of ...

Thielen deal shows Vikings’ commitment to keep core together

By Brian Hall Associated Press EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Two years away from free agency, Adam Thielen was among the best bargains in the NFL. Facing a tight salary cap situation, the Minnesota Vikings could have waited to reward Thielen, their two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who was tied for ...

Berrios sharp, Hildenberger clutch as Twins beat Tigers 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios calls himself "a normal guy," and his teammates describe him as "humble." "I'm feeling proud, but not like the way, 'Oh, I'm the guy,'" Berrios said. Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is "the guy." Minnesota's ace pitched into the ...

NYCFC ties Minnesota 3-3 in stadium opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota United made the first game at Allianz Field a real show, with end-to-end action that entertained the raucous fans as much as the new stadium itself. Being swept up a bit too much by the energy of the moment might have kept the Loons from obtaining the ideal ...

Pineda goes 6 innings, Twins beat Tigers 4-3

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins’ offense managed just enough to back Michael Pineda through his tough outing. Pineda labored through six innings and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs as Minnesota had just five singles in 4-3 win over the Detroit ...

Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension valued at $64 million. The Vikings announced the deal on Friday. Thielen's agency, The Institute for Athletes, posted ...

Confidence overrides nerves for Virginia’s Guy in big moment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia's Kyle Guy felt the nerves tingling in his stomach as he stepped to the foul line for three of the most pressure-charged free throws in recent Final Four history. He felt "terrified" with more than 70,000 people staring at his every movement — understandable for ...