MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Royals handle Twins again
MINNEAPOLIS -- Salvador Perez went 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs as the Kansas City Royals took an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second of a three-game series. Alex Gordon hit a solo homer and scored twice, while Billy Butler drove in two and scored twice for the Royals, who have won their past four games. Danny Duffy (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven to win his second straight start Andrew Albers (2-2) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits in seven innings for the Twins, who have dropped their past four contests. Justin Morneau's solo homer in the ninth accounted for the only run for the club.
The Baltimore Sun reported last night that Twins outfielder Josh Willingham was claimed on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins have two choices: either work out a deal with the Orioles, let Willingham go and pull him back and keep him for the rest of the season. Willingham is still owed $8 million through the 2014 season.
While Twins GM Terry Ryan said Wednesday that catcher Joe Mauer lightly worked out for the second straight day, he will not make the road trip to Texas with the team following Thursday's game. Mauer suffered a concussion on August 19th when he took a foul tip off his face mask against the New York Mets.
Tonight the Vikings will be at the Metrodome to take on the Tennessee Titans looking for their first win in the preseason in their final attempt. While the Vikes have already lost to Buffalo, Houston and San Francisco to sit 0-3 in their exhibition schedule, head coach Leslie Fraizer has said very few of his starters will see any playing time. The roster must down to 53 by Sunday. Game time is at 7 p.m.
Tonight the Gophers will kick-off the third season under the Jerry Kill era with a night game against TCF Bank Stadium against the University of Nevada Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels. The Gophers open the season with four of the first five games on the schedule at home including tonights opener, the first game at home to start a season in the five-year history of the building. The game will be a rematch from last year's opener which was in Las Vegas as Minnesota came out on top in a triple overtime thriller. Kick-off tonight is set for 6:06 p.m.