MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Angels hold on to sweep Twins
ANAHEIM, CA -- Los Angeles star Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two RBI to back seven strong innings from Jered Weaver as the Angels topped the Minnesota Twins 6-4 yesterday at Angel Stadium. Mike Trout added two hits and two RBI for Los Angeles, which swept the three-game series and has won six straight overall. Weaver struck out six while allowing eight hits and one run to improve to 8-and-6. Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco dropped to 4-and-6 with the loss. Joe Mauer had a three-run double for Minnesota in defeat. The Twins play in Texas tonight to open a three-game weekend series.
The Minnesota Twins made a roster move prior to yesterday's 6-4 loss in Anaheim to the Angels. Minnesota called up Class A shortstop Jorge Polanco. The 20-year-old prospect was hitting .289 for the Fort Myers Miracle with 12 doubles, five homers, and 35 runs driven in. He will provide depth for the Twins, who are thin in the middle infield spots with the day-to-day status of Danny Santana. Santana is nursing a sore knee. To make room for Polanco, the Twins sent pitcher Yohan Pino back to Class AAA Rochester.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft last night. LaVine was a key reserve for the Bruins last season, who started the season shooting the ball well, but finished the season in a slump. Minnesota head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says he believes LaVine is the best athlete in the draft and considers LaVine's upside to be phenomenal. The T'wolves then chose Michigan guard Glenn Robinson the Third 40th overall, adding athletic forward. Minnesota had the 44th and 53rd picks, but sold them for cash considerations.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas with the first selection in the NBA Draft. It's the second straight year and third in the last four the Cavs have had the top pick. Jabari Parker out of Duke went second overall to the Bucks, while the 76ers selected Kansas center Joel Embiid at number-three. Embiid had been projected to go first overall until a recent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx begin a home-and-home series with the Storm tonight in Seattle. The teams will then meet Sunday at the Target Center. The Lynx have won two in-a-row following last Sunday's 83-77 victory over Indiana. They are 11-and-4 on the season. The Storm sit at 6-and-10. Tonight's game tips off at 9 p.m.
The NHL Entry Draft begins tonight in the City of Brotherly Love. The two-day draft kicks off the first round at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center at 6 p.m. Rounds two through seven will take place tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. The Minnesota Wild hold the 18th overall pick in the first round. The Florida Panthers have the top pick, followed by the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. Among the top prospects available this year are Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart and Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl.
A bond revocation hearing is set for July 10th for the man accused of killing NFL star Adrian Peterson's son. Joseph Patterson was arrested this week and accused of trying to strangle the mother of the late child in Sioux Falls. He was out on 750-thousand-dollar bond at the time of the incident. Patterson faces aggravated assault, kidnapping and burglary charges in the latest case.
The U.S. is moving on to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite a 1-nil loss to Germany in its final match of group play. The Americans finished second in Group G but advance on goal differential. Thomas Muller scored the lone goal of the match in the 55th minute for the Germans, who win Group G with seven points. The U.S. and Portugal tied for second with four points each after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1. The Americans advance with a three-match goal differential of zero, while Portugal was minus-three in its three matches. The U.S. hopes to have striker Jozy Altidore back for the Round of 16. He's missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury. Team USA will take on Group H winner Belgium on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Tiger Woods is shaking off the rust as he returns to competitive golf. The 14-time major champion shot a three-over 74 in Thursday's first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. It was his first PGA Tour action since surgery in late March for a pinched nerve in his back. Woods shot seven bogeys, four birdies and seven pars in his round.
The Sprint Cup Series is at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday night. The Quaker State 400 goes off at 6:30 p.m. and will air on TNT. Carl Edwards won last week's road-course race at Sonoma, but Jeff Gordon leads Jimmie Johnson by 20 points in the driver standings.
The IndyCar Series takes on Houston this weekend. The Grand Prix of Houston gets underway tomorrow with Race 1, while Sunday brings Race 2 to the forefront. Will Power leads the overall standings by 39 points over Helio Castroneves.