MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Twins destroy Tigers 20-6
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Eduardo Escobar finished a double shy of the cycle, compiling a career-high five hits with three runs scored and two RBI, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 20-6 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a four-game series on Friday at Target Field.
Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored in the win. Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe also homered, Joe Mauer finished with three RBI, and Brian Dozier knocked in a pair for Minnesota. Ryan Pressly (2-0) was credited with the win in relief of starter Tommy Milone. The southpaw allowed five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in his second start with the Twins. Robbie Ray (1-4) was roughed up for six runs on six hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work. Ian Kinsler homered, while Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera each had two hits in the setback. The Tigers fell 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Kansas City. Minnesota broke the contest wide open with a nine-run sixth inning that turned a 6-5 game into a 15-5 one.
It's dress rehearsal time in the Midwest as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for their all-important third preseason contest on Saturday against Mike Zimmer's Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs return home after a road contest in Carolina last week where the club fell 28-16 to the Panthers. Despite the loss, the Chiefs defense opened the game with three consecutive three-and-outs and sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton twice. The Vikings' preseason has been all about finding a starting signal caller and both veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater have performed well. Another solid performance in Kansas City will likely sew up the job for Cassel but "Two-Minute Teddy" was born against Arizona last week. Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, including one with 18 seconds remaining which lifted Minnesota to an exciting 30-28 preseason victory over Arizona in Minneapolis. Cassel started under center and completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie first-round draft pick finished 16-for-20 for 177 and two scores in relief. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. this evening at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.