MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Perkins earns the save as the AL wins the All-Star Game
MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 and scored a run in his final All-Star Game to lead the American League in a 5-3 win over the National League at Target Field in Minneapolis last night. It was Jeter's 14th appearance in the Midsummer Classic. Angels outfielder Mike Trout had a double and triple with two RBI and earned game MVP honors. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run homer for the A-L, which has won two straight since a three-game losing streak. Detroit hurler Max Scherzer was credited with the win while hometown Twins closer Glen Perkins of Stillwater nailed down the save. Brooklyn Park native Pat Neshek of the Cardinals took the loss for the Senior Circuit, which still leads the overall series 43-40-and-2. Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of RBI doubles for the National League while Chase Utley of the Phillies also knocked in a run with a two-bagger.
Major League Baseball is apologizing to residents of downtown Minneapolis and nearby neighborhoods who were awakened by an early-morning fireworks display after Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field An invitation-only gala at Mill City Museum started later than planned because rain pushed back the game at Target Field, and fireworks ended up starting at 12:20 a-m and lasted almost 15 minutes. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith called it a "weather-induced decision" they were pushed into, says they're sensitive to the fact that people were upset, but at the same time it's a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Chicago Bulls 107-73 in Las Vegas Summer League action. Kyrylo Fesenko dropped 13 points and grabbed seven boards in the loss while Zach LaVine scored 12 points for Minnesota. The Timberwolves will take on Phoenix in tournament action today with the winner taking on Sacramento tomorrow.
Mike Miller agreed to sign a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cavaliers yesterday. The 34-year-old also garnered interest from the Nuggets, Mavericks and Rockets but ultimately decided to join LeBron James in Cleveland. Miller, who played for the Timberwolves from 2007 to 2008, was James' teammate for three years in Miami where they made three finals appearances and captured two championships. The 14-year veteran scored seven points and shot 46-percent from three-point range coming off the bench for the Grizzlies last season.
Former Timberwolves player and executive Fred Hoiberg had his pacemaker replaced yesterday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The 41-year old Hoiberg said the surgery was successful. Hoiberg had open heart surgery in 2005 to correct an enlarged aortic root which ended his playing career with the Wolves. He has been the head coach at Iowa State University for the last four seasons.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx are back in action today as they host the Tulsa Shock at the Target Center. Minnesota has won three in-a-row after Sunday's 77-60 rout of Seattle. The Lynx sit at 16-and-6 on the season. The Shock are 7-and-14. Today's game is set for noon at the Target Center.
Ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is suing the team over alleged discrimination by special teams coach Mike Priefer. It comes after Kluwe's lawyer says the Vikings refused to release an investigative report into allegations that Priefer made homophobic comments. Attorney Clayton Halunen says it's been corroborated that Priefer made a "nuke the gays" comment, initially denying it but then relenting after witnesses corroborated it. Kluwe says Priefer also told him "he was going to burn in hell with the gays" for publicly supporting same-sex marriage. Attorneys for the Vikings say they never told Kluwe's lawyer that they would *not* release the investigation results, and say another meeting is set for Thursday.
Jason Zucker is returning to Minnesota. As expected, the Minnesota Wild have signed Zucker to a new, two-year contract. The 22-year-old tallied four goals and one assist in 21 games with the Wild last season. He also had eight goals and five helpers in 22 contests with the Iowa Wild of the AHL.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won't need wrist surgery after all. Pens general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that Crosby will instead continue treatment to heal the undisclosed injury. Crosby led the NHL in scoring last season with 104 points in 80 games and was named the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP. He struggled in the playoffs, however, recording just one goal and eight helpers in 13 contests. Crosby played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault.