Minnesota Sports Roundup: Fielder's three-run homer provides difference as Tigers win 4-3
DETROIT - Detroit slugger Prince Fielder blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, lifting the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the visiting Twins last night in the Motor City.
Andy Dirks lifted a solo shot in the third for Detroit, which has won four straight. Max Scherzer lasted seven-and-a-third innings while allowing three runs and punching out ten to improve to 3-and-0. Joaquin Benoit notched his second save. Josh Willingham hit a solo homer while Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia each recorded an RBI for Minnesota. Mike Pelfrey was tagged for all four runs over five-and-a-third innings to fall to 2-3. The Twins have dropped four of their last six. The same two teams play tonight in Detroit.
The Minnesota Wild battle the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago in Game One of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Minnesota grabbed the eighth-seed in the West following a 3-1 win in Colorado on Saturday. Chicago captured the Presidents' Trophy after finishing with a league-best 77 points. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the United Center.
The Wild called up defenseman Marco Scandella from AHL Houston and sent winger Stephane Veilleux back to Houston. The move was made yesterday in preparation for the playoff series set to start tonight against Chicago. The 23-year-old Scandella played in six games with the Wild this season, scoring one goal.
The Minnesota Vikings officially signed veteran defensive end Lawrence Jackson, cornerback Jacob Lacey, and made a waiver request on punter T.J. Conley on Monday. Jackson spent the last three seasons in Detroit after playing two years in Seattle. He has 19-and-a-half career sacks. Lacey played with the Lions last season after three years with the Colts. He has six career interceptions. Conley most recently punted for the Jets in 2011.
The University of Minnesota football team is not one of the Big Ten schools set to play a Saturday prime time game on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN 2 this fall. Those three networks announced a majority of the prime time Saturday slate yesterday, although that schedule is subject to change. The Gophers could still play a prime time game on the Big Ten Network at some point. The season opener for Minnesota is a Thursday night game at home against UNLV on August 29th. Television plans for that game have not been announced.