MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins have lost nine out of last 10
Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer allowed an unearned run over six innings to help the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Twins in St. Petersburg last night. Matt Joyce ripped a two-run single before Kelly Johnson added a two-run double in the fourth inning for Tampa Bay. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his 21st save as the Rays won their sixth straight and tenth in 11 games. Ryan Doumit's sacrifice fly in the sixth accounted for Minnesota's lone run. Kyle Gibson allowed four runs over six innings to take the loss for the Twins, who have dropped nine out of ten.
The Twins continue their four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. Kevin Correia will get the ball for Minnesota He is 6-and-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts this season. The Rays will counter with Jeremy Hellickson, who is 8-and-3 with a 4.67 ERA. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota's Monica Wright scored 22 points and Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen added 20 as the Lynx crushed the WNBA-leading Atlanta Dream 94-72 at the Target Center last night. Maya Moore chipped in with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field for Minnesota, which improved to 9-3 on the season. Atlanta fell to 10-2. The Lynx begin a four-game road trip Thursday at Indiana.
Some of the top prospects in the Minnesota Wild minor league system remain in St. Paul this week for the annual development camp. Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir and Hockey Operations Advisor Andrew Brunette are leading the on-ice sessions, while the Wild coaching staff is observing and helping the players with off-ice development. Among the prospects taking part are former Gopher Erik Haula along with Mathew Dumba, Johan Gustafsson, Zack Phillips, Tyler Graovac, Brett Bulmer, Raphael Bussieres, as well as all seven players recently chosen in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. All sessions are slated for the Xcel Energy Center, with public sessions slated for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. More details can be found at the team's Webpage.
New Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke will be introduced at a news conference this afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. Cooke inked a three-year deal over the weekend. He is known as an on-ice enforcer and hasn't been particularly popular among NHL fans because of some of the hits he's delivered over the years. Team officials wanted to add some physicality to the squad's roster and Cooke fit the bill. Cooke said during a teleconference with reporters last week that he hopes to shed the reputation as a trouble-maker and he'd like to change the fans' opinion of him.
The D-N-R's latest survey found just over 22-hundred wolves in Minnesota last winter, down about 700 from a survey five years ago. But officials say Minnesota's wolf population remains strong and is responding naturally to the availability of deer, their primary food source. The D-N-R's C-B Bylander says Minnesota's wolf population exceeds the state's minimum goal of at least 16-hundred wolves, and is above the federal recovery goal range of 1251 to 1400 animals. D-N-R officials say they'll release target harvest numbers for the upcoming wolf season later this month -- and expect those numbers to be lower than last season.