MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Hughes sharp as Twins wins 2-0
SEATTLE -- Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes tossed seven-and-a-third innings of shutout ball to lead the Twins in a 2-0 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle last night. Hughes struck out eight and allowed eight hits to improve to 9-and-5 while Glen Perkins notched his 21st save. Sam Fuld went 3-for-3 with a solo homer while Brian Dozier also knocked in a run for Minnesota, which had lost five out of six. Chris Young gave up two runs over seven frames to fall to 8-and-5 for Seattle. Michael Saunders and James Jones each had two hits for the M's, who have lost three of five. The same two teams play game three of the four-game series tonight in Seattle.
The Minnesota Twins placed pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a right elbow strain. Nolasco was pulled after just two innings in his start Sunday against the Yankees. He gave up six runs before exiting. The 31-year-old is 5-and-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts this season. The Twins recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Class AAA Rochester to fill the roster spot.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will compete in the 2014 Home Run Derby. Dozier, Adam Jones and defending Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes join American League captain Jose Bautista on the A-L squad. Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Todd Frazier join captain Troy Tulowitzki in the N-L. A fifth member of each team will be announced tonight. The Home Run Derby will take place at Target Field on Monday night.
Minnesota natives Jeff Nelson and Bob Davidson will be getting marquee assignments next week. The two Major League baseball umpires will work in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Nelson is a St. Paul native and a Bethel College graduate and will work first base in the big game at Target Field. Nelson has been a big league umpire since 2000. Nelson also worked the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Davidson is a Duluth native and played baseball at Minnesota-Duluth, where he is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame. He also worked All-Star Games in 1987 and 1993. Those two will be joined by crew chief Gary Cederstrom, who will work home plate and is a North Dakota native. Scott Barry will be at third base, Todd Tichenor in left field and Vic Carapazza in right field.
Minnesota star Maya Moore dropped in a game-high 30 points to lead the WNBA Lynx past the Sparks 83-72 at Target Center last night. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen posted 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which improved to 14-and-6. Seimone Augustus missed her fourth straight game with left knee bursitis. The Lynx take on the Shock in Tulsa tomorrow.
Lynx forward Maya Moore will start for the Western Conference at this month's WNBA All-Star Game. Moore, who will be maker hers third All-Star appearance, is the leading vote-getter. LA's Candace Parker, Phoenix's Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, and Tulsa's Skylar Diggins are the other starters in the West. The game will be played July 19th in Phoenix. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve will lead the Western Conference unit.
The Timberwolves have first-round draft pick Zach LaVine under contract. The two sides have agreed to terms after the T'wolves selected LaVine with the 13th overall pick out of UCLA in this year's NBA Draft. LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 37 games as a freshman with the Bruins. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, will host a scrimmage tonight at the Target Center as part of the NBA Summer League minicamp. The scrimmage is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Wild open development camp today at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The camp is designed to focus on developing the team's top young prospects, including Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Kurtis Gabriel, Gustav Olofsson, and Zach Phillips. Seven additional players who were chosen in last month's NHL Entry Draft will also take part in the camp, which will run through Monday. In all, 42 players are slated to take part in the camp. Iowa Wild head coach Kurt Kleinendorst will lead the on-ice workouts. The camp will feature two scrimmages, which will be free and open to the public. The first intrasquad game will be tomorrow afternoon at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina and begins at 2 p.m. The entire camp concludes with a scrimmage at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.
San Jose inked forward James Sheppard to a one-year deal. The deal is worth 1.3-million-dollars and leaves defenseman Jason Demers as the only regular player from last years squad not under contract. The 26-year-old racked up 20 points in 67 games last season and was nominated for the Masterton Trophy in 2013. Sheppard played for the Minnesota Wild from 2007-2010 and suffered a major injury from an ATV crash in 2010. He was Minnesota's first round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is set to go under the knife in a few days. The "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" reports that Crosby will have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist to repair damage that hindered him during the postseason. Crosby isn't expected to miss any games. Crosby played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes a stop in Iowa later this week. The American Ethanol 200 takes place Friday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton, which is about four-hours south of the Twin Cities. The Nationwide Series will return to Iowa on August 2nd. Friday's race gets underway at 7:30 p.m.