Minnesota Sports Roundup: Hunter hits 300th homer as Tigers take series
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Twins All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter connected on his 300th career home run to back 7 2/3 strong innings from Doug Fister as the Detroit Tigers took the rubber match of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins by posting a 5-2 decision at Target Field.
Hunter added an RBI double in addition to his milestone homer, a two-run shot in the first inning. Fister (6-4), meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and yielded just two hits and a pair of runs over his stint. He added seven strikeouts in halting a five-start winless streak. Minnesota managed just three hits for the game, with Brian Dozier going 2- for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the setback. P.J. Walters (2-2) served up both Detroit homers and was reached for four runs on nine hits while walking three over 5 1/3 innings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are continuing their prep for the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27th by continuing to workout players from around the country. Sunday they brought in six players which included UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad, Kentucky's Archie Goodwin and former Gopher Rodney Williams. Monday's another six potential draft picks will work out for the Wolves at Target Center including former Gopher Trevor Mbakwe, Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas and Utah's Jason Washburn.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is the 2012-13 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury. Harding, 28 (6/18/84), was placed on Injured Reserved Feb. 12 and missed 33 games with the Wild as he battles multiple sclerosis, which was diagnosed last fall. He was assigned to the Houston Aeros (AHL) on a conditioning assignment April 16 and went 1-1-0, stopping 56-of-61 shots for a 3.00 GAA and .918 SV% in two starts and helped Houston clinch a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs before being recalled by Minnesota on April 22.
The St. Paul Saints were pummeled by the Witchita Wingnuts on Sunday by a final score of 18-6. The Wingnuts scored at least a run in every inning with the exception of the sixth and every player who got into the game collected a hit. In all the Wingnuts pounded out 22 hits, one shy of the most allowed by the Saints in franchise history The last time the Saints gave up more than 18 runs was August 10, 2010 at home against Sioux City when they gave up 19. Tonight the Saints open up a three game home stand against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.