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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins outlast Red Sox in extras

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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins outlast Red Sox in extras
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota centerfielder Aaron Hicks singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Twins outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-3 at Target Field yesterday. 

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Chris Parmelee hit a two-run homer for Minnesota, which blew an early 3-0 lead before pulling out the win.  Brian Duensing got credit for the win after Glen Perkins blew the save in the ninth.  Andrew Miller took the loss for Boston, which dropped two-of-three in the series.  Will Middlebrooks' two-run single in the ninth knotted the game at three for Boston to set up extra innings.  Mike Carp had a run-scoring, infield single for the Red Sox in the fourth.  The win secured the second consecutive series win for the Twins, who took two-of-three from Boston and two-of-three from Detroit in the previous series.  Minnesota entertains Seattle in a three-game series at Target Field beginning tonight.

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A bevy of Minnesota sports stars headlines the initial participants in this year's All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field.  Former Twins Jack Morris and Jim Thome, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Maya Moore of the Lynx and the Wild's Zach Parise are all slated to play in the annual exhibition on July 13th.  Actor Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" fame and the baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm" will also play, along with TV personalities Andrew Zimmern and James Denton.  Additional stars from sports, TV and music will be announced at a later date.  The MLB All-Star Baseball Game will be two nights later on July 15th at Target Field.

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Minnesota State-Mankato did not let an early 3-0 deficit get them down, as they knocked off Emporia State of Kansas 11-5 in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament in Russellville, Arkansas.  Senior pitcher Jason Hoppe tossed a complete game to get the win on the mound.  He is now 11-and-2 on the year.  MSU-Mankato is now 42-and-9 on the season and will face Southern Arkansas tonight at 7 p.m.  The Mavericks finished second in the nation last year and are hoping to get a chance to return to the D-II College Baseball World Series.

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Rain postponed play in two games featuring Minnesota-based college baseball teams at the NCAA Division III Regional in Moline, Illinois yesterday.  St. Thomas was to have played Buena Vista, while St. Scholastica was to have taken on DePauw.  The games are now scheduled for today.

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The Golden Gopher baseball team pulled off an upset last night at Indiana.  Minnesota beat No. 8 Indiana 2-1 in ten innings.  Connor Schaefbauer drove home the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning.  The Gophers are now 27-and-20 overall and 13-and-9 in the Big Ten.  The win last night locked up the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament next week for Minnesota.  First, however, the Gophers will play Indiana again tonight and tomorrow to wrap up the regular season.  Tonight's game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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For the first time in more than a decade, the University of Minnesota softball team is hosting an NCAA Regional.  The Golden Gophers take on Wisconsin-Green Bay in an opening game tonight on the U of M campus.  Gopher head coach Jessica Allister says her team played well in the Big Ten Tournament last week, beating Michigan for the championship.  She believes that is a sign of good things to come this weekend, as well.  The Gophers play UW-Green Bay at 6:30 p.m. tonight, a game preceded by Auburn against North Dakota State at 4 p.m.  This is a double elimination format with the weekend's winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regional next weekend.

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Here is this weekend's schedule of college softball games at the NCAA Regional Tournament on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis:

Friday (Game One):  Auburn vs. North Dakota State, 4pm Friday (Game Two):  Minnesota vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 6:30pm

Saturday (Game One):  Friday Game One winner vs. Friday Game Two winner, 1:30pm Saturday (Game Two):  Friday Game One loser vs Friday Game Two loser, 4pm (loser eliminated) Saturday (Game Three):  Saturday Game Two winner vs. Saturday Game One loser, 6:30pm (loser eliminated)

Sunday (Game One):  Saturday Game One winner vs. Saturday Game Three winner, 1:30pm Sunday (Game Two):  If Necessary, 4pm

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The University of Minnesota men's golf team has played only a partial round at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Bad weather forced yesterday's opening round to be suspended with the Gophers in eighth-place out of the 13 teams in the field.  Minnesota needs to finish in the top five to advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Kansas in two weeks.  Gopher freshman Jose Mendez of San Jose, Costa Rica is currently in second-place in the indiviual count after finishing ten holes yesterday.  The first round will be completed this morning, if weather permits.  That will be followed by the second round.  The tourney runs through tomorrow.

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The Minnesota Vikings will begin a three-day rookie minicamp today at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.  The ten draft choices and 15 additional undrafted free agent signings will debut in the Purple.  The coaching staff will get their first in-person contact with the players on a practice field and the players will get a dose of the playbook on both sides of the ball.  The workouts run through Sunday.

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The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx hit the hardwood tonight to open the 2014 regular season.  Minnesota plays at Washington.  The Lynx will be without regulars Rebekkah Brunson, Monica Wright, and Dev Peters.  They each have injuries and will not play early in the season.  Head coach Cheryl Reeve says other players will have to pick up the slack for the injured players and sh adds that Washington isn't going to feel sorry for them, so the Lynx will have to play at their best.  Tonight's game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.

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Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is scheduled to meet with reporters today at the Xcel Energy Center to put a wrap on the 2013-14 NHL season for Minnesota.  Chicago eliminated Minnesota four-games-to-two in the Western Conference semifinals, with a 2-1 overtime win in St. Paul on Tuesday.  Head coach Mike Yeo met with the media yesterday and admitted to still being a bit bitter about losing the series.

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 Live horse racing returns to Canterbury Park in Shakopee tonight. Purses, Minnesota-bred horses and attendance were all up in 2013 thanks to a new agreement with Mystic Lake Casino.  Spokesman Jeff Maday says the 75-million-dollar deal encouraged local breeding and trainers and owners to come to Minnesota.  He says the 10,000 Lakes Stakes race tonight features seven Minnesota horses and a 60-thousand dollar purse.  A record average of six-thousand-656 fans attended races last season.  Canterbury will also host a simulcast of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. 

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California Chrome is the heavy favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.  The Kentucky Derby winner will start from gate three and is the 3-to-5 morning-line favorite for the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.  Social Inclusion is the second choice in the 10-horse field at 5-to-1 and will start from post eight.  Bayern and Ride On Curlin both have 10-to-1 odds.  Bayern will break from gate five, while Ride On Curlin starts on the outside in gate 10.  Ria Antonia has the longest odds at 30-to-1.  Affirmed is the last horse to win the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in the same year back in 1978.

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