MN State Sports

Salazar sends Indians to 3-1 series-opening win vs Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Salazar finished six innings strong after a shaky start, Michael Brantley homered and drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday night. Salazar (1-1) struck out seven and retired 15 of his last 18 batters after allowing five ...

Santana pitches a gem for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota catcher Chris Gimenez looked at the scoreboard during the ninth inning and noticed Ervin Santana had allowed only a single hit. "I had no idea," Gimenez said with a smile. Santana pitched a one-hitter for the first complete-game victory by a pitcher in the ...

Uno, dos, tres, Garcias! White Sox OF filled with Garcias

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria wants to get Garcia's attention in the outfield on Friday night against Minnesota, he is going to have to be more specific. Renteria put together a lineup of Avisail Garcia in right field, ...

Wild fall behind 2-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 remaining during a 4-on-4 situation and the St. Louis Blues beat the Wild 2-1 on Friday night to leave Minnesota with a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Joel Edmundson had the first goal for the Blues after winning Game 1 in overtime, ...

Timberwolves owner Taylor expecting big jump next season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau is meeting with his staff to put together an aggressive game plan for the summer in hopes of adding some defensive tenacity to a young team that never quite got it on that end of the floor in his first season on the ...

Twins avoid sweep with 11-5 rout of Tigers

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — When Jordan Zimmermann started walking people in a rare display of wildness, the Minnesota Twins were ready to capitalize. Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Robbie Grossman all homered for Minnesota, and the Twins routed the Detroit Tigers 11-5 ...

Blues’ Allen ‘amazing to watch’ in Game 1 win vs. Wild

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just three months ago, when the St. Louis Blues departed for a road trip, Jake Allen was left behind for a mental break. These days, their 26-year-old goaltender better be at the top of the packing list. With a career-high 51 ...

Timberwolves have demoralizing year in 1st season under Thibodeau

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Tom Thibodeau taking over a roster filled with young talent, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally seemed poised to show real progress toward ending the longest active playoff drought in the league. Instead, they are headed to ...

Wolves lose season finale

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had his 22nd triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Houston Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 123-118 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The MVP contender ...

Romine’s grand slam lifts Tigers to 5-3 win vs. Twins

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The moment he made contact, Andrew Romine could tell he had a chance at his first career grand slam. “I could feel it. I hit it on the barrel,” the Detroit utilityman said. “It was a matter of whether it was going to stay fair. Once ...

Timberwolves rebrand looks to shed recent failures

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When designer Rodney Richardson made the trek from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Minneapolis to further his research in the rebranding of the Minnesota Timberwolves, he heard a familiar phrase over and over again. The motto "Minnesota Nice" serves as both genuine praise for ...

Oladipo lifts Russ-less Thunder over Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and hit a jumper with 6.3 seconds to play to lift the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. With Westbrook resting for the first time this season, Oladipo also had ...

Boyd allows 1 hit in 6 innings, Tigers beat Twins 2-1

DETROIT (AP) — After two starts this season, Matthew Boyd already has both extremes covered. Boyd allowed one hit in six outstanding innings, and James McCann homered in the fifth to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. It was quite a turnaround for ...

Yeo, it’s me: Ex-Wild coach leads Blues into playoff matchup

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — This was not quite the plan the St. Louis Blues had for Mike Yeo. He was supposed to take over as head coach next season, after Ken Hitchcock's retirement, not in the middle of this one. The plan certainly didn't include a first-round matchup for Yeo and the Blues ...

Playoff time means Bruce Boudreau is back, with another team

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another prosperous NHL regular season has ended for Bruce Boudreau. Now with Minnesota, and in his ninth trip to the playoffs, comes the hard part. One of the most unique characters to color the NHL coaching ranks and one of the ...

Sano, Polanco homer to help Santana, Twins top White Sox 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) — After winning five of their first six games, the surprising Minnesota Twins have the best record in the American League. And they don't plan on looking back. Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco homered to back Ervin Santana's six scoreless innings as the Twins beat the Chicago White ...

White Sox hand Twins 1st loss with 6-2 win

By Jack Cassidy Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia and White Sox manager Rick Renteria are already excited about the returns from the 25-year-old’s offensive adjustment. The idea is simple: Just make contact, and big hits will follow. Garcia homered and had three RBIs, ...

Denver beats UMD in Frozen Four finals

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North ...

Parise/Suter pairing, 5 years in, still paying off for Wild

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With much of Minnesota settled in at a lake, teeing things up at a golf course or prepping the backyard grill, the Wild offices were busier than usual for a holiday morning on July 4, 2012. Four days into free agency, general ...

Twins ride bullpen to 5-3 win over Royals for series sweep

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three consecutive wins has restored some confidence for the Minnesota Twins, an early boost for their final record. After all, dropping their first nine games last year undeniably paved the way for a major league-leading and club-record 103 losses. Jason Castro and Jorge ...