MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Lynx beat LA 88-64
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus had 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the Minnesota Lynx dominated the Los Angeles Sparks, 88-64, in a battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Devereaux Peters added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lynx, who have won two in a row since falling to Los Angeles last Friday. Monica Wright and Maya Moore tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, with the latter pulling down nine boards.Candace Parker ended with 17 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Sparks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Kristi Toliver tallied 14 points. Minnesota is now 7-2.
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored to power the Kansas City Royals past the Minnesota Twins, 9-3, in the second tilt of a four-game series at Target Field.Billy Butler also finished with three hits, including a three-run homer. Mike Moustakas got in on the derby with a two-run blast for the Royals, who have won six of eight versus Minnesota this season. A 10-start winless drought finally ended for James Shields (3-6), who surrendered three runs on eight hits while fanning five in 6 1/3 innings. Despite not being able to earn wins for himself, the Royals have won Shields' last six starts. Twins starter P.J. Walters (2-4) hasn't won one of his five starts in June. The right- hander, who has an 0-4 record this month, was tagged for six runs on six hits in three frames. Clete Thomas hit his second home run of the season with a solo shot. Justin Morneau and Brian Dozier each doubled in a run in the fourth inning for Twins, who have lost five of their last seven.