MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Mariners blank Twins 2-0
SEATTLE - Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 10 Twins in seven shutout innings to guide the Mariners to a 2-0 win over Minnesota last night at Safeco Field.
Iwakuma improved to 7-4 with the win and Fernando Rodney notched his 26th save for Seattle, which has won six of eight. Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders each hit a solo shot in the win. Kevin Correia took the tough loss after giving up two runs in seven innings of work for the Twins, who have lost five of six. Oswaldo Arcia had two of Minnesota's four hits in the loss. The same two teams play tonight in Seattle.
Beer drinkers will be able to help themselves at Minnesota's Target Field. The stadium has just installed the first self-serve beer machines in Major League Baseball. Fans must show proper identification to a concession cashier, then buy a vending card that is loaded with either 10 or $20 to use at the machine.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game rosters are not quite complete. There is still one more spot to fill on both American League and National League rosters. The "Final Vote" will determine which player goes from each league. Fans will vote on line this week to determine which players gets the final two roster slots Former Twin and current Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is among the finalists in the National League. He is a popular player in Minnesota and would certainly enjoy a return trip to Target Field, site of next week's All-Star Game. Morneau will be competing against Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee, and Braves outfielder Justin Upton. The AL's Final Vote candidates are all pitchers. Chris Sale of the White Sox, Corey Kluber of the Indians, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Garrett Richards of the Angels and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros are up for the vote. On-line voting takes place at MLB.com.
The Minnesota Timberwolves began a summer league mini-camp yesterday, which will continue today with a workout at the team's downtown facility. The summer league team consists of 2014 draft picks Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III as well as currently Minnesota players Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and Alexey Shved. The Wolves will play their first game in the Las Vegas league against the Mavericks on Saturday.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx are back in action tonight as they host the Los Angeles Sparks at the Target Center. Minnesota had its two-game winning streak snapped with an 87-80 setback in New York on Sunday. The Lynx are 13-and-6 on the season. The Sparks sit at 7-and-10. Tonight's game is set for 8 p.m.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania is giving her preliminary approval to a settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players who claim they're suffering from brain damage from their time in the league. The deal includes hundreds of millions of dollars for compensation and research into concussions. There will be another court hearing on the matter in November.