MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Former Twin Ortiz hammers old team
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Twin and current Boston slugger David Ortiz continued to torment his old club, belting two homers for the second straight day, as the Boston Red Sox topped the Minnesota Twins 9-4 at Target Field last night in Minneapolis. The first blast, a no-doubter into the upper deck in right-center field, was Ortiz's 383rd with the Red Sox, passing Jim Rice for the third-most in team history. Another former Twin, Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski, drove home two. Minnesota starter Kevin Correia fell to 1-and-5 on the year after he surrendered five runs and nine hits in just four innings. Minnesota loaded the bases in the seventh, but reliever Burke Badenhop got Joe Mauer to ground into an inning-ending double play Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. The rubber game of the three-game series is today at 12:10 p.m. at Target Field.
The Twins reinstated outfielder Oswaldo Acria from a rehab assignment and assigned him to Class AAA Rochester yesterday. Arcia played in 12 games in Rochester during his rehab and hit .308. He had been on the disabled list with a wrist strain prior to his rehab assignment.
St. Thomas won its opening game of the NCAA Division III college baseball regional in Moline, Illinois yesterday. The Tommies beat Rose-Hulman by a 4-2 count and will face Buena Vista of Iowa tonight at 7 p.m. St. Scholastica dropped a game to Buena Vista 7-1 yesterday in the opening round. The double-elimination format keeps the Saints in the tourney with a game today against Webster of Missouri at noon. The regional tourney runs through Saturday with the winning team advancing to next week's D-III College Baseball World Series.
Minnesota State-Mankato's baseball team goes for its third straight NCAA Division II Regional crown with an opening game today against Emporia State of Kansas at noon The Mavericks are 41-and-9 on the season, while Emporia is 40-and-17. The double-elimination regional will run through Sunday.
Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo is scheduled to meet with reporters today at the Xcel Energy Center to put a wrap on the 2013-14 NHL season for his team. Chicago eliminated Minnesota four-games-to-two in the Western Conference semifinals, with a 2-1 overtime win in St. Paul on Tuesday.
Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula of Pori, Finland has been added to Finland's national hockey team currently taking part in the IIHF World Championships in Belarus. The Finns are 1-and-2 in the tourney and will add Haula's speed to the lineup. Haula is coming off of a high level of play in the NHL postseason for Minnesota, where he recorded seven points in 13 games.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx continue to prepare for tomorrow's season opener at Washington. Minnesota is the defending WNBA champions, but will be playing without Rebekkah Brunson, Monica Wright, and Dev Peters in the early going of the season. They each have injuries. Tomorrow's game begins at 6 p.m.
The University of Minnesota men's golf team opens NCAA Regional play in Raliegh, North Carolina this morning. The top five teams coming out of this 13-team regional will advance to the NCAA National Tournament in two weeks in Kansas. The Golden Gophers are paced by freshman Jose Mendez of San Juan, Costa Rica. Play runs through Saturday.
Golden Gopher head football Jerry Kill will hold a news conference today in downtown Minneapolis in conjunction with the Epilepsy of Minnesota Foundation's "Rise Above Seizures Day." Kill, who is an epileptic himself, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at today's Twins game. He will make an announcement relating to his continued high profile role in raising awareness about epilepsy.
The new Vikings are getting set to strap on the helmets for the first time. Minnesota will hold rookie minicamp starting tomorrow. The Purple drafted ten players in last weekend's NFL Draft and added 15 undrafted free agent signings, as well. The rookie workouts are slated to run tomorrow through Sunday at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.