Minnesota Sports

Tigers edge Twins in scrappy game

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not long after Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones got hit in the face by a pitch , the Tigers and Minnesota Twins were nose-to-nose on the field. Twins slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the chest protector and ...

Paajarvi’s OT goal gives Blues 4-3 win to oust Wild in 5

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota had the upper hand on St. Louis for most of this series, controlling the play for periods at a time. With goalie Jake Allen as their guide and coach Mike Yeo on their side, though, the Blues sure had the right formula for ...

Verlander falters, Cabrera hurt as Twins top Tigers 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander stumbled again, Miguel Cabrera left after straining his right groin and the Detroit Tigers wasted a three-run lead Friday night against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth ...

Muslim teen wins right to box competitively in hijab

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Muslim teen boxer from Minnesota who hopes to one day compete in the Olympics has won a fight to wear a hijab during matches in the U.S. Amaiya Zafar will also be allowed to cover her arms and legs in accordance with her religious beliefs while competing in her first ...

Wild aim to keep pressure on Blues with 3-1 deficit

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charlie Coyle has that enviable blend of size and skills, a 25-year-old forward on the verge of realizing the potential of a former first-round draft pick. Without Coyle’s clutch contributions, the Minnesota Wild would have been ...

Indians-Twins rained out in advance; makeup date is June 17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rain gave the Minnesota Twins a reprieve from their three-game losing streak. They caught a break with Cleveland's rearranged rotation, too. The Twins will take what they can get. After falling back to the .500 mark following an encouraging early start, manager Paul ...

Indians beat Twins 11-4

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a ...

Retired KG still has itch for playing, beef with T-Wolves

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The playoffs have started, and after a season out of the NBA for the first time in more than two decades, Kevin Garnett’s body is starting to talk to him. The mileage on his legs and knees may have limited his playing time over ...

New Twins boss Falvey reunites with Cleveland pals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Cleveland in town to begin a four-game series, Minnesota Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey sure had his hands full. So many friends to greet. So many hugs to exchange. Even some inside information on the Indians to share with his current team, less than six ...

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 ...