Minnesota Sports Roundup: Liriano doesn't last three innings as Yankees rollMinnesota Sports
-- The Yankees used a four-run third inning to distance themselves from the Twins and grab an 8-3 win over Minnesota last night at Yankee Stadium.
THE BRONX, N.Y. - The New York Yankees used a four-run third inning to distance themselves from the Twins and grab an 8-3 win over Minnesota last night at Yankee Stadium.
Chris Stewart drove home three runs for New York, which has won two-of-three. C.C. Sabathia went seven-and-a-third innings and allowed three runs while fanning seven to pick up the win. Josh Willingham hit his fifth home run for the Twins in the loss. Lefty Francisco Liriano lasted just two-and-a-third innings and allowed five runs to suffer the defeat. Minnesota has dropped four of its last five. Denard Span and Ron Gardenhire were ejected from the game in the third inning arguing balls and strikes. The Twins and Yankees play again tonight at 6 p.m.
Twins pitcher Scott Baker announced last week that he would have some minor surgery on his pitching arm this week. He received additional bad news regarding the arm. Doctors found ligament damage in the throwing arm and performed a full-blown ligament replacement operation, meaning Baker will miss at least the next 12 months. His initial diagnosis was to repair a tendon in his arm, which would have sidelined the right-hander for six months.
The Minnesota Vikings have announced their 2012 regular season schedule. The Vikes will open the season on September 9th with a home game against Jacksonville. Minnesota will play on Thursday night game at the Metrodome against Tampa Bay on October 25th. The Vikings will have no Monday night appearances in 2012. Interesting, Minnesota won't play division rivals Green Bay or Chicago until a November 25th game at Chicago. Four of the Vikings' last six games will be against the Packers and Bears. Minnesota and Green Bay will close out the season on December 30th at the Metrodome.
Memphis' Rudy Gay had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to a 91-84 victory over the Timberwolves. Zach Randolph collected 16 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which is two games ahead of Denver for fifth place in the West. Mike Conley also had 16 points to go along with eight assists in the win. J.J. Barea dropped in 28 points for the Wolves, who have dropped 11 in-a-row. Nikola Pekovic finished with 16 points and 11 boards in the loss. Minnesota is at Detroit tomorrow.