Minnesota Sports

Encarnacion stars with glove and bat, Mariners top Twins 7-4

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners expected Edwin Encarnacion would make an impact with his bat this season. His glovework, that's been a bonus. Encarnacion made several nice plays at first base early in the game, then hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning that helped the Mariners ...

Twins put slugger Nelson Cruz on 10-day injured list

SEATTLE (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed Nelson Cruz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left wrist that was showing improvement but not enough to avoid sidelining the slugger. The move Friday was retroactive to last Tuesday. The expectation is Cruz should be ready to go when ...

Twins escape bases-loaded jam in 9th, top Angels

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This strong start by the first-place Minnesota Twins has been fueled by an ample supply of power. Byron Buxton and Jason Castro each hit two-run homers, just the cushion that was needed to withstand a late surge by the Los Angeles ...

Gaitán, Katai lead Fire past Minnesota United 2-0

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Nicolás Gaitán and Aleksandar Katai scored first-half goals and the Chicago Fire beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Saturday night. Gaitán's opener in the 34th minute started with the Fire (4-4-4) springing a counterattack on a Minnesota corner. Dax McCarty found ...

Castellanos, Norris lead Tigers to 5-3 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Norris rediscovered his rhythm, Nicholas Castellanos maintained his and the Detroit Tigers left Minnesota with a series split. Norris turned in his longest outing since 2017 and, backed by Castellanos' three hits, led the Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Twins on ...

Gaitán, Katai lead Fire past Minnesota United 2-0

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Nicolás Gaitán and Aleksandar Katai scored first-half goals and the Chicago Fire beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Saturday night. Gaitán’s opener in the 34th minute started with the Fire (4-4-4) springing a counterattack on a Minnesota corner. Dax McCarty found ...

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 ...