MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins beat White Sox in the ninth
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Herrmann singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Twins walked off the White Sox 4-3 at Target Field. Trevor Plouffe lifted a solo home run for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game skid. Jared Burton picked up the win in relief. Paul Konerko was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Chicago, which built a 3-0 lead, but lost for the second straight night. Ramon Troncoso suffered the loss out of the bullpen.
Full scale instant replay is coming to Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that replay will be implemented for virtually all plays other than balls and strikes beginning in 2014. Managers will be allowed up to three challenges each game. Owners are expected to approve the change in November. Managers will get one challenge in the first six innings, and two more from the seventh inning on. If the challenge is successful, the team will not be charged with a review. Replays will be monitored remotely by the MLB Advanced Media offices in New York, with a ruling coming from there rather than the umpires on site. If a club's three challenges have been used, umpires can still review home runs calls on their own. MLB has already had replay reviews in place for home runs since 2008.
Tonight the Vikings take the field for the second time in the preseason but first on the road as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The Vikes will be trying to even their record to .500 after dropping their preseason opener last Friday to Houston at the Metrodome. Quarterback Christian Ponder is expected to see much more work than he did in the loss to the Texans but that bar isn't set all that high - he only had two snaps. The real question is if running back Adrian Peterson will leave the sidelines. Head coach Leslie Fraizer was noncommittal through the week leading up to today. Kick-off from Buffalo is at 6 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to showcase Nikola Pekovic this morning at an 11:30 am. press conference at Target Center to formally announce the center's new contract. Earlier this week the Wolves announced that they had agreed in principal with Pekovic to a reported five year, $60 million contract.
The Minnesota Lynx return to the floor tonight when they host the Tulsa Shock. Tonight marks the start of a brief two-game homestand for Minnesota which also faces the New York Liberty on Sunday. The Lynx currently own the WNBA's best record and also leads the league in points per game, assists and point differential while owning the leagues best offense. Tip is at 7 p.m. from Target Center.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are just under two weeks away from their first game of the 2013 season when they open up at TCF Bank Stadium against UNLV. Yesterday's round of practices featured the second scrimmage of camp as Gophers head coach Jerry Kill and his staff try to fill in the blanks at different position battles. The Gophers are back on the U of M campus today with a pair of practices and then tomorrow night move to TCF Bank Stadium.