MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins take series from Detroit; onto Cleveland
Minnesota's Chris Herrmann went 3-for-5 with two RBI, including the go-ahead double in the eighth, as the Twins topped the Tigers 7-6 at Comerica Park yesterday. Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer as Minnesota took two-of-three in Detroit. Casey Fien got the win in relief and Glen Perkins got Victor Martinez to hit into a game-ending double play with two on in the ninth for his 30th save. Bruce Rondon took the loss in relief of starter Justin Verlander, who gave up six runs in seven innings. Austin Jackson and Bryan Holaday homered for Detroit.
The Twins open up a three-game series with the Indians tonight in Cleveland. Samuel Deduno will take the mound for Minnesota. He is 7-and-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 16 starts this season. The Tribe will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez, who is 9-and-7 with a 4.00 ERA.
Delmon Young is going back to the organization that drafted him. The Rays have inked the outfielder to a minor league contract. Young was drafted by Tampa number-one overall in 2003 before being traded to Minnesota prior to the 2008 season. He was then traded from Minnesota to Detroit and spent some of this season in Philadelphia. The Rays also claimed outfielder David DeJesus off waivers from the Nationals, according to multiple reports.
Rebekkah Brunson racked up 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 91-77 road win over the Connecticut Sun. Seimone Augustus scored 18 points and Maya Moore added 17 for Minnesota, which has won two-of-three since a three-game skid. The Lynx host the Indiana Fever tomorrow.
The Vikings resume preseason action on Sunday night against the 49ers in San Francisco. Minnesota is 0-and-2 so far in exhibition play following losses to Houston and at Buffalo last week. San Francisco is 1-and-1. The Vikings will close out the preseason at home against Tennessee next Thursday. The Vikings have a practice today at Winter Park and fly to San Francisco tomorrow.
The Golden Gopher football team will not practice today, getting their mandatory day off. Head coach Jerry Kill says his players will be studying some game tape of next week's opponent UNLV. The Gophers and Rebels open the 2013 college football season with a prime time Thursday night game at TCF Bank Stadium. The game is not yet sold out. It will be televised by the Big Ten Network on national cable television and broadcast statewide on the Gopher Radio Network.
Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delaney was in Minneapolis for a few hours yesterday watching Golden Gopher football practice. Delaney is making a tour around the league with stops at all 12 schools. Delaney told reporters that he thinks Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill has the program headed in the right direction. Delaney called Kill a "program builder." Delaney also praised Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague, saying he is doing great things externally for the athletic department in trying to be competitive in an active market place in the Twin Cities. The commissioner also took a moment to say he welcomed Richard Pitino into the Big Ten. The 30-year old Gopher basketball coach is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Delaney says being around his father likely means the younger Pitino knows a thing or two about national recruiting.