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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Royals romp over Twins 13-0

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals stayed hot as hammered the Twins 13-0 last night in Kansas City.

The duo of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas combined for seven hits and seven runs driven in. KC starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched a complete game shutout striking out seven and allowing four hits. Guthrie earned his 12th win of the year. Kansas City has won 12 of 13 to move to 57-and-52. Kevin Correia took the loss for Minnesota allowing six runs and seven hits in two innings. He allowed all six of his runs in the second frame. Things got so bad for the Twins that manager Ron Gardenhire used 39-year-old infielder Jamey Carroll to pitch the eighth inning. Carroll retired the Royals in order. The same two teams play tonight in Missouri.


Major League Baseball is suspending New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season for using performance enhancing drugs. The league also suspended 12 other players for their connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida. A-Rod was with the Mariners from 1996 to 2000. He will still be allowed to play while his appeal process plays out. The suspension officially kicks in August 8th. 


The Minnesota Lynx aim for a 10th straight win tonight as they battle the Silver Stars in San Antonio. The Lynx ran their winning streak to nine with a 90-72 rout of Seattle on Sunday. Minnesota is a league-best 16-and-3 on the season. San Antonio is 7-13.


The Minnesota Timberwolves have unveiled their NBA preseason schedule, which includes seven games. Minnesota will play two games at the Target Center, three games on the road, and two games at neutral sites. The exhibition season begins on October 7th against a Russia pro team at the Target Center and concludes with a game at Detroit on October 24th. Here is the 2013 Minnesota Timberwolves preseason schedule:

October 7 - vs. CSKA Moscow, Target Center, 7 p.m. 

October 9 - at Toronto, 6 p.m. 

October 10 - vs. Milwaukee, in Sioux Falls, 7 p.m. 

October 12 - vs. Toronto, Target Center, 7 p.m. 

October 20 - vs. Boston, in Montreal, 5 p.m. 

October 23 - at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. 

October 24 - at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. 


The NBA will be releasing its full schedule tonight. It will be revealed on NBA TV during a special that will air at 5 p.m. A few games on the schedule have already been leaked. "The South Florida Sun Sentinel" reports the Heat and Lakers will square off on Christmas Day and the defending champions will open up the season against the Chicago Bulls. The "New York Daily News" reports the Knicks will face the Nets on Martin Luther King Day.


The Minnesota Vikings continue training camp this week in Mankato as they prepare for Friday's preseason opener in Minneapolis. Minnesota will host the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Vikings will then travel to Buffalo and San Francisco before wrapping up exhibition play August 29th at home against Tennessee. Head coach Leslie Frazier says they will treat Friday's game as a way to evaluate players on the roster, and not focus a great deal on whether they win or lose the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m.


The University of Minnesota football team practiced for the fourth time this fall camp yesterday afternoon. Head coach Jerry Kill says he's pleased so far with what he's seen. Kill complimented defensive tackle Roland Johnson, who is recovering from a knee injury which ended his season a year ago. Kill says Johnson is progressing and will be a contributing factor for the Gophers up front this coming season. Minnesota kicks off against UNLV on Thursday, August 29th at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers are scheduled to practice this afternoon.


NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart is recovering in an Iowa hospital after breaking his leg during a four-car wreck during a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning says the three-time Sprint Cup champion sustained a broken right tibia and fibula during the crash. Stewart was leading the 30-lap race but was spun out in Turn Four and was sent tumbling. Stewart also had a sprint car wreck last week in Ontario, Canada. He was scheduled to race in this Sunday's NASCAR race at Watkins Glen in New York, but will not make that start. A replacement has not been named. It's unknown how much time Stewart will be forced to spend off the track.