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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Oakland pounds Twins 18-3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Oakland's Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie each hit two-run home runs to power the Athletics to an 18-3 victory over the Twins at Target Field last night. Lowire ended with four RBI while Vogt had three for Oakland, which has won four-of-five. Oakland scored ten times in the fourth inning to help send Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey to an early shower. Pelfrey allowed seven runs in three-plus innings of work. A's rookie Sonny Gray struck out seven in five innings of two-run ball for the win. Twins player Eric Fryer belted his first career homer for Minnesota, which has lost five of its last seven. The same two teams wrap up the three-game series with a noon game today in the Twin Cities.

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Twins prospect Byron Buxton is the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year. Buxton had a terrific first season at the Single-A level, hitting a combined .334 with 12 homers, 49 extra base hits, 55 stolen bases and 76 walks in 125 games He led the minors with 18 triples and ranked second with 109 runs scored.

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State investigators are still working to determine exactly what led to the death of a demolition worker Tuesday at the site of the new Saints ballpark in downtown St. Paul; now the construction company in charge says the tear-down will likely resume next week. Ryan Companies say they don't believe the tragedy will have a significant impact on the project schedule. The $63 million ballpark is expected to be finished in time for the Saints' opener in 2015. 61-year-old Johnny Valek of Plymouth was killed when a 10-by-30-foot slab of concrete fell onto the backhoe he was operating. OSHA is investigating, and officials say the probe could take several months.

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The Lynx play their final road game of the regular season tonight in Los Angeles against the Sparks. Minnesota will then close out the regular season at home against Chicago. The Lynx have won seven in-a-row and continue to hold the best record in the WNBA at 25-and-7. LA is second in the Western Conference at 22-and-10. Tonight's game tips off at 9:30 p.m.

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The Wild will hold their first practice of training camp today on the University of Minnesota campus at Ridder Arena. A total of 51 players will be broken up into two full practice groups and a third smaller group for workouts which will shift to the Xcel Energy Center tomorrow. The first group is scheduled to hit the ice this morning at 9:30 a.m. The Wild open the preseason next Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets in St. Paul. The regular season starts October 3rd hosting the Kings.

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Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams is back practicing with the team. Williams said his knee "felt great" after practicing with the team on a limited basis on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has been out since suffering a severe strained right knee during the third preseason game at San Francisco. The Vikings travel to Chicago this Sunday.

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Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was the lone player listed on the team's injury report. He was limited in practice yesterday with a knee injury. Bears head coach Marc Trestman, a St. Louis Park native, anticipates Tillman to play and not miss Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Tillman had two interceptions in Week One.

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is appealing his fine by the NFL. Suh was hit with a 100-thousand-dollar penalty by the league for a low block to the legs of Minnesota center John Sullivan in Sunday's season opener It happened during an interception return. The former Nebraska star has been fined multiple times for personal fouls since coming into the league in 2010.

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Golden Gopher quarterback Phillip Nelson of Mankato will likely have an additional target to throw to this Saturday when Minnesota hosts Western Illinois. Wide receiver Jamel Harbison is expected to play in the game after missing the season's first two contests due to violating team rules. Nelson says Harbison adds some depth, who can make a difference on the field because he's a talented, physical pass catcher. Saturday's game is set for 11 a.m.

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