MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Yankees outlast Twins in a slugfest, take three of four
New York outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI to help the Yankees top the Twins 9-7 at Target Field yesterday in Minneapolis. Derek Jeter collected three hits and drove in two in the win while Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann tacked on a RBI each. Hiroki Kuroda improved to 6-and-6 with five-and-two-thirds innings of four-run ball and David Robertson grabbed his 21st save despite giving up a run. Ricky Nolasco lasted just two innings and was tagged for six runs to fall to 5-and-7. Trevor Plouffe went deep and drove in two in the loss while Chris Colabello added a two-run shot. Minnesota begins a four-game set in Seattle tonight.
According to Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan, right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey isn't expected to start throwing until September and could be out for the remainder of the season. The 30-year-old went 0-and-3 with a 7.99 ERA in five starts before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 3rd. Pelfrey underwent surgery on his throwing-elbow on June 10th and was transferred to the 60-day D-L nine days later.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Twins' rookie Danny Santana is likely heading for a rehab assignment over the All-Star break despite being eligible for a return on July 12th. Minnesota placed Santana on the 15-day disabled list on June 27th with a bruised left knee. The 23-year-old has hit .328 with 16 RBI in 37 games in his rookie season.
The Minnesota Twins had two players selected to the American League All-Star roster. Relief pitcher Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki will represent Minnesota when the All-Star game is played at Target Field on July 15th. Perkins will be making his second straight appearance in the All-Star game while Suzuki earned All-Star honors for the first time in his eight-year career. Perkins is a Stillwater native and says he looks forward to representing his home team and his home state in next week's festivities. He calls the All-Star selection as a dream come true.
Major League Baseball has revealed the rosters for the upcoming All-Star Game, set for next week in Minneapolis. The Baltimore Orioles feature three starters on the American League squad, led by designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Outfielder Adam Jones joins him along with catcher Matt Wieters, who won't play due to injury. New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter will start at shortstop in his final All-Star Game. Former teammate and Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will also start. Two-time defending MVP Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers starts at first base while Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics gets the nod at third base. The outfield in the AL is capped off by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and leading vote-getter Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Two Milwaukee Brewers lead the way on the National League All-Star team. Aramis Ramirez gets the nod at third base while former Twin Carlos Gomez will start in the outfield. Also in the outfield will be Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig and reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies led the way among NL vote-getters and will start at shortstop while Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley also gets the nod. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will make his first All-Star start while St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina starts at catcher.
The American League pitching staff for next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game is led by staff aces like the Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish, Tigers' Max Scherzer and Mariners' Felix Hernandez. Rookie Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Boston Red Sox hurler Jon Lester are also on the staff along with the Blue Jays' Mark Buehrle, Tampa Bay Rays' David Price and Oakland's Scott Kazmir. The relievers are Glen Perkins of the host Twins, Sean Doolittle of the A's, Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals, and the Yankees' Dellin Betances. The N-L pitching staff is powered by a pair of Dodgers in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright are also on the staff along with Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals and Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres. Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves will also join the NL squad as a replacement for Jeff Samardzija, who was just recently traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics. Relievers for the N-L include former Twin and current Cardinals' righty Pat Neshek of Brooklyn Park, the Braves' Craig Kimbrel, Reds' Aroldis Chapman, Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez, and Pirates' Tony Watson. The All-Star Game will take place July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Two-time reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera will not participate in the Home Run Derby next week at Target Field He says he doesn't want to mess with his swing. He's hitting .308 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI for the Tigers this season. Cabrera was selected to start at first base for the AL in the All-Star Game. Fellow All-Star starter Mike Trout will also miss the Derby, saying he just wants to watch the event. Trout is starting in the outfield for the July 15th All-Star Game at Target Field. The Derby is held the day before.
Minnesota star Maya Moore's 25 points and eight rebounds wasn't enough as the WNBA Lynx fell to the New York Liberty 87-80 at Madison Square Garden yesterday. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen chipped in 13 points and Monica Wright added 11 as Minnesota fell to 13-and-6 on the season. The Lynx are back in action tomorrow when they return home to take on the Sparks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced their summer league roster yesterday. The team consists of 2014 draft picks Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III as well as currently Minnesota players Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and Alexey Shved. The team kicks off mini-camp today and will play its first game in the Las Vegas league against the Mavericks on July 12th.
Aric Almirola is being declared the winner of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway after rain shortened the race on Sunday. Almirola captured his first career Sprint Cup Series victory after the race was called with 48 laps to go. Rain had postponed the race from its originally scheduled start on Saturday night. Brian Vickers finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and Austin Dillon. Almirola is the tenth different winner of a race this season, securing his spot in the Chase. That leaves five more open spots in the Chase with eight races to go before it starts.
Juan Pablo Montoya was victorious in yesterday's Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway. It's the 15th IndyCar victory for Montoya and his first since a 13-year absence from the series. He last won in October of 2000. Helio Castroneves was second, followed by Carlos Munoz.
Novak Djokovic is celebrating his second title at Wimbledon after outlasting Roger Federer in a five-set battle at the All England Club on Sunday. Djokovic dropped the first set and couldn't close it out in the fourth, but he denied Federer a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 win. He also won the 2011 championship and captured his seventh career Grand Slam title.