MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins' bats go silent as Angels avoid sweep
Jered Weaver threw eight shutout innings and Albert Pujols drove in the game's lone run, as the Angels avoided a three-game sweep against the Twins with a 1-0 win at Angel Stadium. Weaver yielded only two hits while striking out nine to even his record at 5-and-5. Ernesto Frieri stranded runners on the corners to preserve the lead and earn his 25th save. The Halos halted a three-game slide. Mike Pelfrey was saddled with the loss despite scattering five hits and only one run in six strong innings. Minnesota is 4-and-2 since the All-Star break.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer is celebrating the birth of twin baby girls. Team officials announced that Mauer is on the Paternity List after he flew back to Minnesota Tuesday night to be with his wife who went into labor. The Twins catcher and wife Maddie had twin girls, named Emily and Maren, early Wednesday morning. Maddie Mauer's due date was not until the end of August, so the babies were about six weeks early. To replace Mauer, the Twins have recalled catcher Drew Butera from Triple-A Rochester.
The Minnesota Lynx continued their strong play into the All-Star Break with an 81-69 win over Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon at Target Center. It was a record crowd of 16,000 plus that bore witness in person in what they dubbed a Kids/Camp Day crowd. It was the Lynx seventh straight win, 10th straight over Phoenix and 16 straight at home. The team is off now until next Tuesday when they're at San Antonio. Meanwhile, the All-Star game is Saturday night in Connecticut featuring Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and four of her players: Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsey Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson.
University of Minnesota Golden Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill addressed hundreds of media members on Wednesday afternoon at the annual Big 10 Media Day. Kill touched on a number of topics including the forecast for this season's team, college football in general and gave an update on his health. The Gophers first practice is slated for next Friday with the first game coming August 29th as they play host to UNLV at TCF Bank Stadium. Kill by the way assured everyone that he's in the best shape in his life and his no worries about his ongoing battle with epilepsy.