MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mauer gets a hit in All-Star game
Ten pitchers combined for a three-hitter as the American League defeated the National League 3-0 in the 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York last night. Minnesota's Joe Mauer went 1-for-2, while his Twins teammate Glen Perkins did not appear in the contest. The AL snapped a three-game losing streak to the NL and will have home field advantage in the World Series. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless eighth inning and was named the game's Most Valuable Player in what was his last all-star appearance. He is retiring at the end of the season. Former Twin Joe Nathan notched the save.
Twins president Dave St. Peter tweeted that "Minnesota is now on the clock" for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. St. Peter and staff members are in New York, where they observed last night's Midsummer Classic, as well as all the events leading up to the big game. They were trying to glean any insight they could to help them host the game next year at Target Field. St. Peter says there are a lot of things to get ready for besides the actual game. The Twins last hosted an All-Star Game in 1985 at the Metrodome.
The Twins have a few more days off before opening the second half of the season. Minnesota will host Cleveland over the weekend before heading out on a seven-game road trip to Anaheim and Seattle. The Twins sit in fourth place in the American League Central at 39-and-53, 12 games behind first place Detroit.
Minnesota guard Brandon Paul scored 13 points off the bench as the Timberwolves topped the Heat 80-71 for their first win in the Las Vegas Summer League. John Holland added 12 points for the T'wolves, who improved to 1-2. The team will play Sacramento in the tournament on Wednesday, with the winner playing the D-League Select squad Thursday.
The University of Minnesota has introduced its summer ticket-selling promotion for football games at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gopher ticket office is packaging Big Ten games with non-conference games in an attempt to maximize ticket sales. If a fan wants to purchase a ticket to one of the four Big Ten home games, then they must package that ticket with one from one of the three non-conference games. The Golden Gopher home Big Ten opponents this fall are Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin. The non-league home foes are UNLV, Western Illinois, and San Jose State. For pricing and info, log on to the Gopher sports Website.