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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins blank Toronto 4-0

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TORONTO, ON --  Kevin Correia spun six-plus strong innings and the Minnesota Twins grabbed a 4-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of a three-game set. Correia  (3-7)  gave up  six hits and  a walk with one strikeout, while Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins each tossed a scoreless frame to polish off the shutout for the Twins, who had lost four of five coming into the game. Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run while  Danny  Santana had two hits,  drove in one  and scored once in the win.  J.A. Happ (5-3) was tagged for  four runs -- three  earned -- on six hits in just  3 2/3 innings  for the Blue Jays, who have lost three of their last four with the three losses all coming by way of a shutout.

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The Minnesota Twins announced last night that right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey had successful right elbow ulnar nerve decompression surgery.  The surgery took place today in Pensacola, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews.  Pelfrey originally went on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A to recover from a groin injury, but was returned from his assignment after experiencing numbness and tingling in his right fingers. At that point it was discovered he had ulnar nerve irritation. Pelfrey has been on the disabled list since May 2.

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This morning the Twins will play the rubber match in their three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays looking to break the 1-1 tie.  Blue Jays took game one on Monday night 5-4 but last night the Twins responded with a 4-0 shutout.  It was just the second win in the last six games for Minnesota.  Today it's Phil Hughes (6-2, 3.46 ERA) who takes the mound for the Twins against the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman (3-0, 5.40).  First pitch is at 11:37 this morning. 

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The Minnesota Vikings final Organized Team Activities (OTA's) of the offseason continue today at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.  This is the third set of OTA's which will go through Thursday.  A mandatory minicamp will follow June 17-19.

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Tuesday the Vikings signed 2014 third round pick running back Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern.  McKinnon was the 2nd of 2 Vikings 3rd-round picks (#96 overall) selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. McKinnon started 31-of-47 collegiate games he played in, lining up at QB, WR, RB and CB. He rushed for over 100 yards in 17 career games, finishing his career at Georgia Southern with 3,899 career rushing yards, 42 TDs on the ground in addition to 12 passing TDs and 1 TD reception. With McKinnon’s signing, the Vikings have now signed their entire 2014 draft class.

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On Thursday the Minnesota Lynx will visit the White House and President Barack Obama in recognition of the team’s 2013 WNBA Championship. The President will honor the team’s memorable 2013 season. The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live  or at lynxbasketball.com.  This season the Lynx are 8-1 and next play Friday night at Atlanta.

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The San Antonio Spurs are two wins away from winning their fifth NBA championship in team history.  Kawhi Leonard posted a career-high 29 points as the Spurs topped the Heat 111-92 in Game Three of the best-of-seven set in Miami.  The Spurs now lead the series two-games-to-one.  Game Four is Thursday in Miami.

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The Minnesota State High School lacrosse tournament got underway yesterday and here's the schedule and results:

GIRLS

Apple Valley 8, Robbinsdale Armstrong 7

Eden Prairie 21, Champlin Park 6

Blake School 18, Maple Grove 2

Stillwater 10, Lakeville South 9

Thursday

Apple Valley vs Eden Prairie, 5 p.m., Chaska High School

Blake School vs Stillwater, 7 p.m., Chaska High School

Championship Game

Saturday, June 14, 5 p.m., Chanhassen High School

BOYS

Wayzata 5, Champlin Park 4

Eden Prairie 8, White Bear Lake 7

Lakeville North 11, Blake School 9

Rosemount 16, Mahtomedi 6

Thursday

Wayzata vs Eden Prairie, 5 p.m., Chanhassen High School

Lakeville North vs Rosemount, 7 p.m., Chanhassen High School

Championship Game

Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m., Chanhassen High School

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After the first round of competition at the Minnesota State Boys Class AA Golf Tournament, Providence Academy leads the field after shooting a team score 12-over par 300 Tuesday at Ridges at Sand Creek.  Delano’s Austin vanSytzama carded a 3-under par 69 Tuesday to lead individual competition after he shot 2-under par 34 on the front nine and followed it with a 1-under par 35 on the final nine holes.  Mankato East’s Carter Haley fired a 1-under par 71 during Tuesday’s opening round and will begin the final round tied for second with Staples-Motley sophomore Andrew Israelson.  Making bogey on just his second hole, Haley quickly found himself at 1-over before responding with a birdie on the third. After back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes, Haley dropped to 2-over for the day, but again was able to recover with a birdie at the eighth to limit the damage and make the turn at 1-over par.  On the final nine holes, Haley began to settle down as he would slip up again on 12 with a bogey, but rebounded by rolling in a birdie putt on the 14th to get back to 1-over.  Haley’s short game continued to heat up as he chipped in on the 16th, making birdies on two of his final three holes to finish the round at 1-under par 71.  Providence Academy was led by senior Scott Stankey who carded an even par 72 and sits tied for fourth with five other players, three strokes behind the leader.

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 A season ago the Detroit Lakes girls golf team jumped out to an early lead at the Minnesota State High School Golf Tournament by setting a state record for lowest round at 297.  The Lakers took a big step towards winning a third consecutive title Tuesday, breaking last year’s record by shooting a team score of 293 during the opening round at Ridges at Sand Creek, with five Laker golfers finishing the first day inside the Top 10.  Red Wing sits in second place after the first day of competition, 33 shots behind Detroit Lakes at 326, while Pequot Lakes finished the opening round in third place at 328.  Junior Sydney Busker led the way for Detroit Lakes as Busker carded an even par 72 Tuesday during the opening day of competition.  The Lakers also got a boost from senior Trisa Hutchinson who carded a 1-over par 73 and sits tied for second with teammate Kate Smith, Maggie Heggerston, Pequot Lakes, and Anni Heck, Visitation, one stroke off the lead going into Wednesday’s final round.

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 The Minnesota Golf Association (MGA) has announced the hiring of Maggie Leland as Women’s Golf Manager, effective June 11.  Leland, 24, will liaison with the MGA’s allied women’s golf associations (G.A.) - the Minnesota Women’s G.A. and the Minnesota Women’s Public G.A.    

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Head Coach Matt Bowen and the University of Minnesota Duluth men's basketball team have officially announced their 2014-15 slate of opponents.  The Bulldogs will begin the 2014-15 season with a pair of measuring-stick exhibitions against NCAA Division I teams in the University of Notre Dame and the National Invitational Tournament champions from the University of Minnesota. A third exhibition date is yet to be announced.  The regular season tips off for UMD at the Southwest Baptist University Tournament against Lincoln (Mo.) University and the host Bearcats Nov. 14-15. The non-conference schedule continues with three at home, starting with the annual border battle against Wisconsin-Superior, followed by a trio of tough match-ups with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Michigan Tech University, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Bulldogs close out the non-conference slate against another GLIAC team, Northern Michigan University, in Marquette on Nov. 25.

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The St. Paul Saints turned the ball over to their best reliever with a three-run lead in the seventh.  They looked like they would cruise to their fifth straight win and send the Sioux Falls Canaries to their 11th straight loss.  Unfortunately, the Saints couldn’t hold the lead, gave up nine runs over the final three innings and lost 10-5 on Tuesday night at Midway Stadium in front of 5,366.  The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium  The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (4-1, 4.50) against Canaries LHP Matt Wickswat (0-1, 2.49). 

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