MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Gardenhire wins 1,000th game in Twins win over Cleveland
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Kubel went 3-for-5 with two RBI to back five-plus strong innings from Kyle Gibson in the Minnesota Twins' 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the 1,000th win of manager Ron Gardenhire's career.
Brian Dozier added a solo home run and Trevor Plouffe and Josmil Pinto also had an RBI apiece to help Gardenhire reach the milestone and allow the Twins to avenge a 7-2 defeat in Friday's series opener. Gibson (1-0) yielded just a run on three hits and worked around four walks to outperform counterpart Carlos Carrasco (0-1), who was tagged for five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 frames. Nyjer Morgan finished 2-for-2 with two walks and Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double for the Indians. The weekend series concludes today.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season, and Minnesota continued to push for a playoff berth with a 4-0 decision over Pittsburgh at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu and Stephane Veilleux tallied in a strong first period for the Wild, owners of the first wild-card spot in the West who remained five points up on Dallas -- which won at Tampa Bay. Cody McCormick added the other tally and Charlie Coyle supplied two assists. Jeff Zatkoff made 16 saves for the Penguins, who took their foot off the gas and sat several regulars, including Evgeni Malkin, having clinched the Metropolitan Division. In addition, forward Jussi Jokinen (upper body) and defenseman Olli Maatta (lower body) were on the sidelines.
Arron Afflalo scored 18 points to lead the Orlando Magic to a 100-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris each scored 17 points for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Victor Oladipo notched 16 points with six assists, Jameer Nelson dished out 12 assists and Kyle O'Quinn contributed a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double in the win. Playing without Kevin Love due to back spasms, Minnesota was paced by Ricky Rubio, who netted 18 points with 10 assists. The Timberwolves squandered a chance to tie a season-high winning streak of three games, instead losing for the sixth consecutive time in Orlando. Corey Brewer tallied 15 points, while Dante Cunningham, Gorgui Dieng and Robbie Hummel each added 12, with Dieng grabbing eight rebounds in the setback.