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Sanchez, Gregorius lead Yankees past Twins

NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius had another big game at Yankee Stadium with a two-run homer and three RBIs, and Gary Sanchez homered twice to help CC Sabathia and New York romp past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday night. Aaron Judge hit his seventh home run as the Yankees went ...

Vikings’ Cook making strong offseason comeback

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the ...

Slumping Gomez homers in 9th, Rays beat Twins 8-6 for sweep

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It seemed unlikely that slumping Carlos Gomez would follow through on hitting a home run for his son. He had struck out three times in his first four hitless at-bats. His last trip to the plate, however, produced something ...

Rays beat Twins 8-7 on Duke’s error in 10th inning

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the game-winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, lead the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-7 victory over ...

Jets torch Wild 5-0, advance to second round

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 on Friday night to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Connor Hellebuyck made ...

Towns, T-wolves return home in big hole against Rockets

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 ...

Vikings LB Brothers gets 4-game suspension for PED violation

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. The league announced the punishment Friday for Brothers, who will remain eligible for ...

Rockets blister Wolves 102-82 in Game 2, lead series 2-0

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 21 as the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave them a 2-0 lead in the ...

Foligno brothers savoring first simultaneous NHL postseason

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members, promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. “This is going to be a big night for the Folignos,” he tapped out on his ...

Scheifele, Hellebuyck lead Jets past Wild 2-0

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff ...

Indians top Twins 6-1 in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night. Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits for Cleveland in the first ...

Paul and Harden lead No. 1 seed Rockets against Wolves

HOUSTON (AP) — So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously. Now the two, who have both had their fair share of playoff disappointments, will try to build on that success in the playoffs when the Rockets open a ...

Jets fly by Wild 4-1, lead series 2-0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. Defenseman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also ...

Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughness

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The impact made by Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves was obvious from the start, transcending the two ends of the court where he’s made his mark as a four-time All-Star. Perhaps no better example of the leadership he ...

Whalen starts dual duty as Gophers welcome all-time great

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen took the stage in the middle of Minnesota’s Williams Arena where she once wowed crowds with slick passing and fearless shooting, wearing a gray suit and the typical laid-back off-the-court demeanor that has helped make her one of the most approachable and ...

Twins postpone game against White Sox because of rain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox because of rain, with wintry weather also threatening the rest of the series. The team announced the decision Friday afternoon, four hours before the scheduled first pitch. No makeup date was set. ...

Verlander dominates over 7 innings, Astros beat Twins 2-0

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven dominant innings, Carlos Correa had two hits and scored twice and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Monday night. Verlander (2-0) was in control throughout on a chilly night ...

Towns helps T-wolves top Grizzlies 113-94, closer to clinch

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns slammed his way to 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who toughed out a 113-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night to move one step closer to a long-sought spot in the ...

Mariners’ Healy injures ankle in postgame workout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy injured his right ankle during a postgame workout Saturday and likely will miss at least a few games this week. Healy was injured following an 11-4 win over Minnesota and showed up on crutches and in a walking boot Sunday, when the ...

The Twins take on the cold in opening homestand

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson was given the assignment to take the mound for the first home game for the Minnesota Twins, an afternoon that was quite the cold opener to the team’s ninth season at Target Field. He didn’t mind the 38-degree ...