Minnesota Sports

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...