Minnesota Sports

Leon hits 2 homers, Sale fans 10 and Red Sox rout Twins 17-6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston. Ervin Santana took his turn in Minnesota. This was supposed to be a stellar matchup of starting pitchers. The Red Sox hitters sure aced their test. Sandy Leon hit a pair of two-run homers, Sale struck out 10 and the Red Sox romped ...

Vikings rookie Hodges brings bold game, jersey pick

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Bucky Hodges has brought a tantalizing set of skills to the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie tight end whose athleticism is easily matched by his ambition. His choice of jersey number sure gave that away. Hodges picked 84, ...

Cotton, A’s stop slide with 8-5 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Oakland Athletics' slumping offense strung some hits together in a much-needed victory. Seeing the A's offense have that much success was enough for the Minnesota Twins to send Kyle Gibson to the minors. Jharel Cotton struck out nine in six innings and Ryon Healy hit ...

Vargas ties career high with 5 RBIs, Twins beat A’s 7-4

TWINS 7, A’S 4 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kennys Vargas tied his career high for Minnesota with five RBIs, including a three-run homer Wednesday night off erratic Oakland starter Kendall Graveman that propelled the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Athletics. Hector Santiago (3-1) finished six ...

Richard Pitino signs extension at Minnesota through 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Guiding Minnesota to the best single-season turnaround in the country last year has earned coach Richard Pitino a contract extension. Pitino's contract was extended by one season and now runs through the 2021-22 season, the university announced on Wednesday. Terms were not ...

Rehabbing Twins lefty Perkins ‘tired of being on a plateau’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shoulder rehabilitation progress for Minnesota Twins left-hander Glen Perkins has been frustratingly slow. The three-time All-Star closer has not pitched in 388 days and counting, carving a large chunk out of the late stage of his career. "I feel like I've plateaued a lot ...

Santana cruises, Twins crush 6 HRs to beat A’s 9-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out seven in six shutout innings and Brian Dozier hit two of Minnesota's six home runs to lead the Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Santana (5-0) lowered his ERA to 0.66 for the season and has allowed one run or fewer ...

Vikings exercise 5th-year option on Barr, not Bridgewater

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr, but declined to do the same with injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings announced Barr's option on Monday. Barr was drafted ninth overall in 2014 and has started 42 games in ...

Sano powers Twins past slumping Royals 7-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano wrapped up April with another nice day. The young slugger is off to a great start with the Minnesota Twins. Sano homered and drove in five runs, helping the Twins beat slumping Kansas City 7-5 on Sunday for the Royals' ninth straight loss. It was Sano's ...

Vikings step toward restoring running game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Running plays by the Minnesota Vikings last season were largely unproductive endeavors, with an average of 75.3 yards rushing per game that was the lowest in the NFL in four years. The Vikings have attacked their obvious offseason priority with the kind of ...

Sano drives in 4 as Twins beat Royals 6-4

TWINS 6, ROYALS 4 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer hit consecutive two-run doubles in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Sano also had a two-run homer in the fourth. He has eight hits in his last ...

Vikings draft RB Dalvin Cook in 2nd round

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn't want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was sliding down the board, making available the kind of dynamic running back the Vikings drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. Minnesota traded up ...

Santana, seven-run fifth inning lead Twins over Rangers

TWINS 8, RANGERS 1 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ervin Santana delivered his fourth straight outstanding start, Miguel Sano sparked a seven-run fifth inning with a leadoff homer and the Minnesota Twins pounded the Texas Rangers 8-1 on Tuesday night. Santana (4-0) allowed a run, four hits and one ...

Saints, Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Adrian Peterson, the NFL's most productive running back for much of the past decade, has decided to head into the twilight of his career as a potential backup in New Orleans' pass-happy offense. The Saints on Tuesday came to terms on a two-year contract with Peterson, a ...

Dozier’s base-clearing double pushes Twins past Rangers 3-2

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double and the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 3-2 on Monday night, ending the Rangers’ AL-best four-game winning streak. Dozier’s two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked ...

Wild dealing with postseason disappointment, once again

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five straight appearances in the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild have produced just two series victories and a high volume of frustration. This year, with a five-game loss in the first round to the St. Louis Blues/a, marked the ...

Hicks, Fulmer and Tigers rout slumping Twins 13-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have devised quite a system for getting production out of their emergency call-ups: get them to the ballpark as late as possible before throwing them into the lineup. "Sometimes that's the best way to do it," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Doesn't give you ...

Ibarra’s header lifts Minnesota United over Rapids 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Ibarra scored in the 72nd minute and the Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday. United midfielder Ibson fired a shot from distance that hit the far post. Johan Venegas headed the rebound forward to Ibarra, who scored his first MLS goal with a ...

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 ...