MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Willingham's two homers lift Minnesota over Oakland
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins slugger Josh Willingham hit a two-run home run in the eighth to put Minnesota ahead for good, as the Twins beat the Athletics 4-3 at Target Field last night. The upper deck blast was Willingham's second homer of the game. Oswaldo Arcia also went deep for Minnesota, which has won two straight. Anthony Swarzak picked up the win in relief and Glen Perkins notched his 34th save. Alberto Callaspo lifted a two-run shot for Oakland, which saw its three-game win streak end. Ryan Cook suffered the loss in relief.
The Minnesota Twins 2014 schedule is out and the team will open the season on the road next year at Chicago on March 31st. The home opener in 2014 will be against the Oakland Athletics on April 7th. Minnesota is slated to play 20 interleague series during 2014, including the traditional home-and-home matchup against border rival Milwaukee. Other National League teams visiting Target Field next year include the Dodgers, Padres, and Diamondbacks. The Twins will also visit N-L ballparks in San Diego, San Francisco, and Colorado. A highlight of the schedule will be a home series against the New York Yankees over the Fourth of July weekend.
Minnesota's Maya Moore scored a game-high 20 points as the Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 73-60 at Key Arena to clinch their third consecutive WNBA Western Conference title. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen added 19 points for Minnesota, which has won seven straight including two in-a-row over Seattle. The Lynx head to Los Angeles to play the Sparks in their final road game of the regular season on Thursday. Minnesota closes out the regular season with a home game against Chicago on Saturday.
The Minnesota Wild open training camp tomorrow at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. A total of 51 players will be broken up into two practice groups for the workouts. Camp moves to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday for the remainder of the preseason. The Wild open the preseason next Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets in St. Paul. The regular season starts October 3rd hosting Los Angeles.
The Vikings have made some minor roster moves as they prepare for their Week Two matchup at Chicago. The team signed running back Joe Banyard to the practice squad and released defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo and running back Bradley Randle. Banyard had 13 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown in four preseason games with Minnesota this year. The Vikes are set to hit the practice later today at Winter Park.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined 100-thousand-dollars by the NFL for his low block on a Vikings player during Detroit's 34-24 win over Minnesota on Sunday. He was flagged for a personal foul when he hit center John Sullivan at the knees during DeAndre Levy's interception return. During a meeting yesterday, Suh apologized to his teammates. The fine is the largest in NFL history for a player's actions on the field.
Minnesota Golden Gophers cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun is reportedly out for the season with torn knee ligaments. Boddy-Calhoun suffered the injury on the third play of Saturday's 44-21 win at New Mexico State. Head coach Jerry Kill says he should get a medical redshirt, giving him two years of eligibility left. The Golden Gophers host Western Illinois this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium for an 11 a.m. game.