MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins take series from Yankees in New York
Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks smacked a three-run homer as the Twins topped the Yankees 10-4 in the rubber match of a weekend series in The Bronx. Justin Morneau went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Brian Dozier, Jamey Carroll and Pedro Florimon also plated a run and scored a run each for Minnesota, which sits in fourth place in the A-L Central at 39-and-53 heading into the MLB All-Star Break. Kyle Gibson gave up three runs, two earned, in five-plus innings as he evened his record at 2-and-2. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI for the Yankees, who are fourth in the AL East at 51-and-44. CC Sabathia was rocked for eight runs, three earned, in four frames as he fell to 9-and-8 with the loss
The Twins made several roster moves following yesterday's 10-4 win over New York. The club sent outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee, along with infielder Eduardo Escobar to Class AAA Rochester. Those three players will report to Rochester following the Triple-A All-Star Break, which coincides with the Major League All-Star Break. The Twins recalled outfielder/catcher Chris Herrmann from Rochester, as well as brought up infielder Doug Bernier. The team will call up one more player prior to Friday's game at home against Cleveland. The Twins also activated relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar prior to yesterday's game after he was on the three-day bereavement list to attend his grandmother's funeral. Michael Tonkin was sent back to Rochester, where he pitched yesterday.
Two Minnesota Twins stayed in New York to take part in the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Star catcher Joe Mauer and bullpen closer Glen Perkins will be on the American League team in tomorrow night's game. For Mauer, this will be his sixth all-star game appearance and his scheduled to start the contest for the A-L. Perkins is in his first Midsummer Classic and will have to wait to see if he is used in the game. The game is set to take place at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
The first half of the Major League Baseball season is history. The focus now shifts to Flushing, New York and Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. The venue will host the Home Run Derby tonight before the 84th All-Star Game takes place tomorrow night. The action in New York started over the weekend with a series of concerts and yesterday's Futures Game, which was won by the U.S. over the World team, 4-2.
The Timberwolves return to Las Vegas Summer League play tonight as they take on the Phoenix Suns. The T'wolves fell 83-81 to the NBA D-League Select squad in their summer league opener on Saturday. In other team news, the T'wolves signed first round draft picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng to contracts on Saturday.
Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen posted 25 points and 11 assists as the Minnesota Lynx cruised past the Tulsa Shock 86-75 on Saturday in Oklahoma. Rebekkah Brunson added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which improved to 11-and-3 with its fourth straight win. The Lynx continue their four-game road trip on Friday in San Antonio.