MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Minnesota starts All-Star break with series win over Colorado
DENVER -- Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier launched two homers and drove in four runs as the Twins cruised to a 13-5 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver last night. Eduardo Escobar went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Sam Fuld and Chris Parmelee each also batted in two runs for Minnesota, which has won five of six improve to 44-and-50 heading into the break. Phil Hughes picked up his 10th win after striking out six in five frames of work Brett Anderson gave up five earned runs in five innings to fall to 0-and-3 for Colorado. Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado each went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Rockies, who have lost two straight and finish the first half of the season 40-and-55.
After his big night last night with two home runs, Minnesota's Brian Dozier will represent the Twins in tonight's Home Run Derby at Target Field. Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and Josh Donaldson will also rep the AL. Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, Todd Frazier and Justin Morneau are on the NL squad. The new bracket-style format will pit the best from each league in the final against one another. Today is also "Workout Day" at Target Field, where the two rosters for tomorrow night's All-Star Game will take batting practice prior to the Home Run Derby.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki and Twins closer Glen Perkins will play in the 2014 All-Star Game tomorrow night at Target Field. This is the second straight all-star selection for Perkins and the first time Suzuki will play in the Midsumemr Classic. The Twins open the second half of the season on Friday at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo launched a two-run home run to give the USA the lead and eventual 3-2 win over the World at the Futures Game from Target Field last night in Minneapolis. Gallo was named the game's MVP. Mets prospect Kevin Plawecki added an RBI in the win with Phillies prospect J.P Crawford grabbing a hit and stolen base. Tigers prospect Jake Thompson grabbed the win in relief with Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard grabbing the save. The World were led by Cubs prospect Javier Baez who smacked a two-run dinger in the loss. Dalton Pompey of the Blue Jays organization grabbed two hits and Astros pitcher Michael Feliz took the loss. Twins prospects Alex Meyer and Jose Berrios each tossed a scoreless inning, while Kennys Vargas doubled in the game. Former Twins manager Tom Kelly coached the American team, while former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven managed the World Team. The U.S. squad has won five consecutive Futures Games.
Famed rapper Nelly smacked two home runs and helped the National League Legends and Celebrities to a 14-4 win over the American League Legends and Celebrities in the Legends and Celebrity All-Star Softball Game at Target Field last night. The game featured a pitching matchup of Jack Morris and John Smoltz re-creating the pairing of Game Seven of the 1991 World Series, in which the two pitchers dualed to a 1-0 Minnesota win at the Metrodome. Vikings star Adrian Peterson, Wild standout Zach Parise, Lynx player Maya Moore, and former Twin Jim Thome all took part in the game.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be joining volunteers to celebrate all-star's off the field. She will attend Target's All-Star service event to assemble school supply kits for students who can't afford them. The event will also be honoring the 30 All-Star Teachers from across the country- one representing each MLB Club - who will be recognized at the MLB All-Star Game tomorrow (Tue). During All-Star Week, Klobuchar says it's important to recognize the All-Stars in the community, and shine a spotlight on the people who make Minnesota great.
Minnesota star Maya Moore scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Lynx to a 77-60 rout of the Storm at the Target Center. Janel McCarville chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which improved to 16-and-6 with its third straight win. The Lynx host the Tulsa Shock on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to 0-and-2 in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with a 62-55 loss to the Wizards yesterday. Alexey Shved posted 16 points on 6-and-14 shooting, while first round pick Zach LaVine added 11 points and five boards. The T'wolves have today off and will play the Chicago Bulls tomorrow.
The new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers says the team isn't looking to trade number-one overall pick Andrew Wiggins. David Blatt told reporters Saturday at the Las Vegas Summer League that Wiggins isn't going anywhere, despite intense speculation on the matter. ESPN reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves want Wiggins included in a trade that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland. The Cavs had reportedly offered Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick instead.
The four-day Minnesota Wild Development Camp wraps up with a scrimmage tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. The 42 prospects scrimmaged on Friday afternoon at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina and then took the weekend off. The scrimmage tonight is free and open to the public. The teams will hold a couple of closed workouts prior to the scrimmage in St. Paul today. Iowa Wild head coach Kurt Kleinendorst is leading the on-ice workouts.