MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins could only muster four hits as they lose 2-1
BOSTON, MA -- Boston's Brock Holt went 2-for-4 and scored twice as the Red Sox clipped the Twins 2-1 at Fenway Park last night in Beantown. Holt also shined with the glove playing his first game in center field while Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts each knocked in a run. Jon Lester improved to 8-and-7 after six-and-a-third innings of one-run ball. Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for his second save as Boston won its fourth in six games. Phil Hughes pitched all eight innings for Minnesota, allowing both runs and falling to 7-and-3. Danny Santana managed two of the four hits while Joe Mauer knocked in a run for the Twins, who have lost four straight. The two teams wrap up the series with a matinee today, beginning at 12:35 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins are set to promote pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester in time to start tomorrow against the White Sox. Pino will replace Samuel Deduno in the Twins starting rotation. Pino is 9-and-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 14 games including seven starts with Rochester. Tomorrow's game at Target Field begins at 7:10 p.m.
The Grady Sizemore era in Boston is over The Red Sox have designated the veteran outfielder for assignment. The 31-year-old hit .216 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 52 games with Boston this season. The Red Sox have 10 days to either trade or release Sizemore.
The streaking Kansas City Royals are the new leaders in the AL Central. KC's 11-4 win over the Tigers Tuesday puts the squad a half-game up in the division on Detroit. The Royals have now won nine straight and are in first place this late in the season for the first time in 21 years.
Mounds View scored eight runs in the sixth inning and beat Eden Prairie 9-0 in yesterday's Class 3-A Minnesota High School state baseball championship game at Target Field. Mustangs pitcher Sam Hentges not only took the win, but was three-for-three at the plate with a run driven in.
Eden Prairie defended its Minnesota High School state boy's lacrosse title with a 13-11 win over top-ranked Rosemount yesterday in Rosemount. The Eagles were the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament and concluded the year with a 17-and-2 record. The Irish bowed out with a 16-and-3 mark.
Minnesota star Maya Moore dropped in a game-high 31 points to lead the WNBA Lynx to a 94-77 rout of the Sparks last night in Los Angeles. Seimone Augustus added 14 points and Lindsay Whalen had 12 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game skid and improved to 9-and-3 on the year. The Lynx meet the Mercury tonight in Phoenix at 9 p.m.
Former Wolves player Sam Mitchell is back with the team, this time as an assistant coach. President of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders announced the new hiring via a news released yesterday. Mitchell spent 13 seasons as a player in the NBA, including ten years with Minnesota. Mitchell brings head coaching experience with him, as he was the coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2004 through 2008. He has assistant coaching experience with the Nets and Bucks.
With the NBA Draft coming up next week, the Celtics are still holding out hope to acquire forward Kevin Love from the Timberwolves. ESPN's Chad Ford reports Minnesota doesn't want to trade Love, but believes the Celtics package of draft picks and young players may be their best offer.
The Minnesota Vikings continue their three-day mandatory minicamp today at Winter Park. The team will practice through tomorrow. The Vikings will then be off until training camp starts at the end of next month. Head coach Mike Zimmer said yesterday that all three quarterbacks on the roster -- Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder -- will have an opportunity to win the starting job.
Bemidji State has named East Grand Forks girl's high school hockey coach James Scanlan as its new women's hockey head coach. Scanlan is a BSU graduate, having played men's hockey there through 1985 and helping the Beavers to a pair of NAIA national titles. Scanlan led his high school team to the state title game this past season. He also has coached boy's hockey at East Grand Forks, finishing second in Minnesota in 1998. He has college coaching experience as an assistant at North Dakota, Western Michigan, and Northern Michigan. He takes over for Steve Sertich, who retired in March.