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Minnesota Sports Roundup: Nationals complete doubleheader sweep of Twins

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Washington shortstop Ian Desmond lifted an RBI double in the seventh that sent the Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Twins in Washington, D.C.

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The victory sealed a day-night doubleheader sweep after the Nats took the first of the twinbill, 7-0. Former Twin outfielder Denard Span tripled in a run while Jayson Werth was 2-for-4 with two RBI for Washington, which has won three out of five. Tyler Clippard notched the win in relief while Rafael Soriano recorded his 16th save Chris Herrmann was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Pedro Florimon poked a two-run homer for Minnesota. Anthony Swarzak took the loss in relief for the Twins, who have dropped four-of-five. The Twins are off today.

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The Twins return to Minnesota to open a nine-game homestand tomorrow night against the Phillies. Minnesota will also host the Tigers and White Sox on the homestand. P.J. Walters take the mound in tomorrow's opener. Walters is 2-1. The Phils will counter with left-hander Cole Hamels, who is 2-9.

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The Minnesota Vikings begin their final set of organized team activities today with the first of four days of workouts at Winter Park. The team will have OTA's through Thursday and then wrap up the June offseason schedule with a three-day mandatory mini-camp next week in Eden Prairie.

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Allied Charities is holding informational meetings on electronic pull-tabs this week in Bemidji, Duluth, Mankato and Rochester -- and next week in Fergus Falls, Willmar, Marshall and Saint Cloud. E-pulltabs have not produced expected revenues to help build a new Vikings stadium, and Allied's Allen Lund says the meetings are an opportunity for charities to become more familiar with the product. The legislature voted to temporarily divert a cigarette tax increase and close a corporate tax loophole as backup revenue for the Vikings stadium. Lund says it helps take pressure off charities so they can develop their e-pull-tab business.

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Ivory Latta scored 24 points to lead the Washington Mystics to an 85-80 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday in D.C. Maya Moore netted 22 points and Rebekka Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx, who fell to 2-1 on the season. The Lynx host the San Antonio Silver Stars tomorrow.

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