MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins option Pinto after Wednesday's win
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced after Wednesday's game that they have optioned catcher Josmil Pinto to Triple-A Rochester. In 43 games for the Twins, Pinto hit .222 (30-for-135) with four doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI and 20 walks. To replace Pinto on the 25-man roster, the Twins will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday night’s game in Detroit.
The coaching staffs for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota have been announced. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has named Ron Gardenhire of the Twins and Cleveland's Terry Francona as his coaches for the American League next month. St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny named Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez and Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle coaches in the National League.
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.
On Sunday, Chad and Jenni Greenway, teammates Audie Cole, Jeff Locke, Kyle Rudolph, Jerome Simpson, Harrison Smith and others will join alumni players, Stu Voigt and Rickey Young along with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking to sponsor the 8th annual Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop 5K fun run/walk at Lake Nokomis. Funds raised by the event will go toward Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth athletic programming. Race Day check-in and registration will take place at the Lake Nokomis Bath House located at 4955 West Lake Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots as the Rangers held on for a 2-1 win over the Kings in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final from Madison Square Garden. Former Wild forward Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored for New York, which still trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. It was the third time the Blueshirts jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the first time they made it stand. Dustin Brown scored the only goal for Los Angeles, which hosts Game Five on Friday Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in net for L.A.
The Minnesota Lynx will visit the White House today. The team will be welcomed by President Obama in honor of winning the WNBA championship last season The Lynx will also be recognized for their charitable efforts to give back to the community. Minnesota swept the Atlanta Dream three-games-to-none in last year's Finals for its second title in three seasons.
Here are the results and schedule for the Minnesota State High School lacrosse tournament which got underway on Tuesday:
Apple Valley 8, Robbinsdale Armstrong 7
Eden Prairie 21, Champlin Park 6
Blake School 18, Maple Grove 2
Stillwater 10, Lakeville South 9
Apple Valley vs Eden Prairie, 5 p.m., Chaska High School
Blake School vs Stillwater, 7 p.m., Chaska High School
Saturday, June 14, 5 p.m., Chanhassen High School
Wayzata 5, Champlin Park 4
Eden Prairie 8, White Bear Lake 7
Lakeville North 11, Blake School 9
Rosemount 16, Mahtomedi 6
Wayzata vs Eden Prairie, 5 p.m., Chanhassen High School
Lakeville North vs Rosemount, 7 p.m., Chanhassen High School
Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m., Chanhassen High School
In the AAA Boys State High School Golf Tournament, Edina edged Wayzata 590-591 to claim their first golf state title since 1987. Sam Foust was the low man with a 145 to tie for second place. Kobi Boe and Bobby Terwilliger each posted a 149 and tied for ninth. Meanwhile, Rochester Century's Chris Captain was the boys champion with a 142. Yesterday he had a birdie and eight pars and won by three strokes. Providence Academy took the AA crown with a 602. Three boys tied for first in the individual race as senior Andrew Sederlund (Virgina/Moutain Iron-Buhl) and sophomores Andrew Israelson (Staples-Motley) and Carter Haley (Mankato East) carded even par 144's. It was the first three-way tie since 2003. The single A title goes to Dawson-Boyd with a 660. Mounds Park Academy eighth-grader Block Bliese took the single A individual title with a 150. He edged 2012 champion Cordell Weber of Martin County West by a single stroke thanks in part to an 8-foot par putt on 18.
The Detroit Lakes girls golf team broke a state record for the lowest round Tuesday at 293, and with a team score of 297 Wednesday, the Lakers set another tournament record while winning a third consecutive AA state title, shooting 590 at Ridges at Sand Creek. It was also a big day for Detroit Lakes sophomore Kate Smith who fired a 2-under par 70 to finished the tournament at 1-under par 143 to share medalist honors with Pequot Lakes junior Maggie Heggerston, who carded the same 73-70-143 score as Smith. It's the third consecutive individual title for Smith and she now joins an exclusive club in Minnesota golf as she becomes just the fifth player in state history with three or more state championships. In AAA, Wayzata wins the state title while New Prague's Kenzie Niesen edged the Trojan's Sarah Burnham by a stroke to claim the individual top spot. The single A champs goes to Legacy Christian Academy with a 718. Top individual is Christine Piwnica of Chaska's Southwest Christian. She takes the title by nine strokes as she nets a 159.
The 2014 State Baseball Tournament begins today and runs through Saturday. Here's the schedule:
AAA - Midway Stadium, St. Paul
Brainerd vs Lakeville North, 10 a.m.
Elk River vs Mounds View, 12:30 p.m.
Robbinsdale Armstrong vs Eden Prairie, 3 p.m.
Lakeville South vs Mahtomedi, 5:30 p.m.
AA - Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Blake vs St. Cloud Cathedral, 10 a.m.
Delano vs Glencoe-Silver Lake, 12:30 p.m.
Hawley vs Kasson-Mantorville, 3 p.m.
Aitkin vs Fairmont, 5:30 p.m.
A - Chaska Athletic Park
Red Lake County vs BOLD, 10 a.m.
Springfield vs New Life Academy of Woodbury, 12:30 p.m.
Royalton vs Chatfiled, 3 p.m.
Ely vs New York Mills, 5:30 p.m.
Championship games at Target Field, Saturday, June 14th
University of Minnesota junior Devin Stanford used a personal-best throw of 198-3 (60.44m) to finish 15th and earn Second Team All-American honors in the hammer throw at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday afternoon. Stanford earned her lifetime-best mark on her first throw at the championships. After entering the event seeded 22nd at 58.51m, Stanford improved her previous best mark (196-7, 59.92m) by nearly two feet to finish 15th (198-3, 60.44m) and move into second among Gopher throwers all-time. Making her NCAA championships debut, Stanford became the first Gopher thrower to compete on the national stage since Nikki Tzanakis finished 14th in the discus in 2011. She is the first hammer thrower to advance to the NCAA finals since Liz Alabi in 2007. The NCAA championships continue through Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Minnesota's 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Jessica Waldvogel, Te'Shon Adderley, and Megan Geyen will race in the national semifinal at 8:40 p.m. CT Thursday evening with the 4x400m relay final set for 5:55 p.m. CT Saturday.
In his final meet for the No. 23 University of Minnesota men’s track & field team, senior Zach Siegmeier certainly didn’t disappoint The two-time defending Big Ten outdoor pole vault champion finished tied for fifth at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday evening at Hayward Field. In a performance that earned Siegmeier his first career First Team All-America honor and second overall accolade (Second Team during this year’s indoor season), the Lakewood, Ill., native cleared 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft.). The performance marks Minnesota’s first outdoor All-America honor in the pole vault sinceTye Harvey in 1998 while Siegemier’s finish is the best by a Gophers’ pole vaulter at the national championships since Martin Eriksson finished third in 1993. In one of the best NCAA pole vault competitions since 1991, nine student-athletes cleared 18 feet or more with Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss successfully defending his NCAA title with a height of 5.70 meters (18-08.25 ft.) while Akron’s Shawn Barber, Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship and Eastern Illinois’ Peter Geraghty rounded out the top four. Siegmeier tied with Texas A&M’s Chase Wolfle for fifth in the event. The Gophers continue to compete at the NCAA championships on Thursday with Jon Lehman in the men’s hammer throw trials and finals and John Simons in the men’s 1,500 meter semifinals.
Approximately 150 club-level seats from Mariucci Arena will go on sale to the public today through the University of Minnesota ReUse Center. Each seat costs 40 dollars while the inventory will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any remaining inventory after Thursday will be available for purchase in person on the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each seat must be purchased in person at the University of Minnesota ReUse Center (883 29th Ave. SE).
Carrying a one-stroke lead into the final round at the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Tournament Tuesday, the team of Claudia Pilot and Brenda Williams fired a 67 at Northland Country Club to claim their third title together. Pilot, the Pines at Grandview, and Williams, Windsong Farm, carded an even par 71 during the opening round before carding a 4-under par 67 Tuesday to cruise to a 10-stroke victory over Leigh Klasse and Mary Hoisser at 138. Klasse and Hoisser, both of Keller Golf Club, began the tournament with a 1-over 72, but struggled on the final day Wednesday and finished with a 76, in second place at 148. In the First Flight, Bonnie Johnson, Braemar Golf Course, and Darlene Bell, Olympic Hills Golf Club, maintained their three-shot advantage Tuesday, shooting an 12-over par 83 to finish at 175 and win by three shots over Lori Eicher, Olympic Hills Golf Club, and Dale Ann Smith, Deer Run Golf Club, who also carded an 83 Tuesday to finish second at 175. Genie Dueber and Darlene Chiles, both from Island View Golf Club, claimed the top spot in the Master’s Net Division, firing a 6-over par 77 to win by a shot at 152 over University Golf Course’s Kathy Keith and Susan Steffen, who also carded a 77 Tuesday to finish at 153.
The St. Paul Saints entered Wednesday night’s game at Midway Stadium undefeated when leading after seven innings. That is no longer the case as they gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and lost 7-6 to the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 3,928. The Saints have today off and head to Shaw Park for a three game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes that begins Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Saints will send RHP Nick Barnese (2-1, 4.39) to the mound.