MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Royals look for sweep today at Target Field
Wednesday night the Royals took down the Twins 4-3 at Target Field to extend their winning streak to a season-high eight straight. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six innings for the Royals and gave up a pair of runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. In all the Twins K'd a total of twelve times. Kevin Correia got the start for Minnesota and also went six innings but he gave up ten hits while giving up a pair of runs. The loss is the third in a row for the Twins who will look to avoid the sweep on Thursday afternoon in the series finale.
Wednesday afternoon was Major League Baseball's trade deadline and while the Twins did make a deal to send catcher Drew Butera to Los Angeles by the 3 p.m. deadline, most eyes were on first baseman Justin Morneau. As of yet, Morneau is staying put but could still be dealt if he were to be sent through waivers. Deals still can be made up until August 31 as long as the players involved clear waivers which leaves Morneau and other Twins still in a bit of limbo going forward for a full month.
The Vikings dealt with a bit of run yesterday in Mankato but did manage to get some work in. Today the Vikes get back on the field for a walk-thru in the morning followed by a full practice starting at 2:30. The team's wide receivers are scheduled to be in the autograph line at "Vikings Village" after this morning's workout.
Fall camp for the University of Minnesota football team begins this week on campus. The Golden Gophers will practice for the first time tomorrow afternoon at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Friday's workout is free and open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m. Gopher head coach Jerry Kill told reporters Tuesday that he is eager to get the camp started. He says the players have been working out hard during the offseason. Minnesota opens the regular season at home against Nevada-Las Vegas on August 29th at TCF Bank Stadium.
The 3M Championship is gearing up for action on the fairways of the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. While the actual tournament gets underway on Friday morning, Wednesday featured the first of a two day Pro-Am. Rocco Mediate was in the featured paring as he was matched up with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. Tournament tee times start tomorrow morning at 10:20 a.m. and runs through Sunday.
Former Cooper basketball star Rashad Vaughn tweeted out his final 11 choices yesterday and said Minnesota was still on his list of possible destinations. According to Vaughn's tweet, the remaining possibilities are as follows: "No order: Baylor, Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina, UConn, Kansas, UNLV, Arizona, Georgetown, UCLA, Minnesota." Vaughn has said he will wait until the spring to make his final decision. Vaughn just transferred to Finlay Prep in Las Vegas for his senior season.