MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Tampa Bay clubs Minnesota at the Trop
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Tampa Bay lefty David Price tossed a complete-game six-hitter while allowing the three runs, walking one and striking out 12, as the Rays beat the Twins 7-3 last night in St. Petersburg. He improved to 3-and-1 with the win. David DeJesus went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the winners, while James Loney and Matt Joyce each added two hits and two RBI as Tampa won its third in four outings. Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo shot for Minnesota in defeat. Kyle Gibson fell to 3-and-1 after being tagged for all seven runs in just three-plus innings as the Twins lost their third in four games. The same two teams play tonight at Tropicana Field in Florida.
Major League Baseball is admitting a mistake was made after the use of replay in Tuesday night's game between the Rays and Twins at Tropicana Field. Replay was used in the fifth inning to review an at-bat by Yunel Escobar after home plate umpire Paul Schrieber became confused about the proper count. The replay showed that Escobar should've walked after a ball during a full count, yet despite the one-minute, 47-second review, the count remained full. Escobar struck out looking on the next pitch.
The Minnesota Wild look to even things up with the Colorado Avalanche in their Western Conference quarterfinal series when the teams meet in Game Four tomorrow night at The X. Minnesota blanked Colorado 1-0 in overtime in Game Three on Monday. The Wild now trail two-games-to-one in the best-of-seven set. The Wild should find out later today about the immediate future of winger Matt Cooke. Cooke is facing a likely suspension after placing an illegal knee-to-knee hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie, who was injured on the play and will miss significant playoff time. Tomorrow's opening faceoff is set for 8:30 p.m.
The Montreal Canadiens are the first team into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Habs got a late goal to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 and complete a four-game sweep on Tuesday. Elsewhere, the San Jose Sharks now have a commanding 3-0 series lead after edging the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. The Boston Bruins shut down the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 to earn a 2-1 series lead. The New York Rangers also have a 2-1 series lead after grabbing a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Reigning Lady Byng Trophy winner Martin St. Louis is among the finalists for the award again this year. The New York Rangers forward is joined by Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly and San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. The Lady Byng Trophy is presented to the player who best demonstrates sportsmanship, gentlemanly play and excellence on the ice. The winner will be announced during the NHL Awards June 24th in Las Vegas.
The Minnesota Vikings announced the exact dates and kickoff times for their four preseason game this fall. Minnesota will host Oakland and Arizona to start the exhibition slate, before closing with preseason road dates at Kansas City and Tennessee.
Here is the 2014 NFL Vikings preseason slate:
Friday, August 8 - vs. Oakland, 7pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
Saturday, August 16 - vs. Arizona, 7:30pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
Saturday, August 23 - at Kansas City, 7pm
Thursday, August 28 - at Tennessee, 7pm
The NFL is set to release the 2014 regular-season schedule. The highly-anticipated announcement of the 256-game slate will come tonight on NFL Network and on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are expected to open the season at home on September 4th. The Vikings will play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium this season and next.
Minot State University has named Tyler Hughes its head football coach. Hughes was named coach just days after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to his old job in Minnesota. Hoffner left after an arbitrator ruled that he had been wrongly fired from the school about a year ago after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case. Hughes comes to Minot from Southern Virginia University. Hoffner reclaimed his job at Minnesota State-Mankato.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx have signed their top two draft choices to contracts. First rounder Tricia Liston of Duke and second rounder Aysa Bussie of West Virginia each have agreed to pacts with the defending league champion Lynx. Minnesota opens training camp on Sunday and plays their first game on May 16th at Washington.
Two teams rebounded from their NBA Playoff Game One losses, while another has to head out on the road behind 0-2. The top-seeded Pacers answered in a big way demolishing the Hawks, 101-85, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse after being upset in the first game of their quarterfinal series. Paul George led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors answered the challenge against the Nets pulling out a 100-95 win at home behind 30 points from DeMar DeRozan. That series heads to Brooklyn tied up at one game apiece. Washington will head home with the chance to close out its series with the Bulls after stealing two at the United Center. They defeated Chicago, 101-99, in overtime.