Minnesota Sports Roundup: Six-run eighth inning lifts Texas to victoryMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers last night 10-6 in game one of their four game weekend series in Arlington.
ARLINGTON, TX -- The Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers last night 10-6 in game one of their four game weekend series in Arlington. The Twins out-hit the Rangers 12 to 10 but two 8th inning errors by the Twins broke open a 4-4 tie and Texas batted around in the inning to take a 10-4 lead into the 9th. Minnesota scored two runs and then loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but former Twin Joe Nathan came on and retired Ben Revere to complete his 25th save of the season. Mike Adams got the win for Texas while Jared Burton took the loss for the Twins. Game two of the series is set for tonight at 7:05pm.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for the 62nd time of his career yesterday after arguing with home plate umpire Wally Bell in the bottom of the 3rd inning of last nights Twins loss. Gardenhire was irate after Bell ejected Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond without warning after the lefthander threw a pitch behind the head of Rangers all star centerfielder Josh Hamilton. Earlier in the top of the third inning Twins all star catcher Joe Mauer was hit in the middle of the back by Rangers starter Roy Oswalt on a 3-0 pitch. Both teams were warned after the Hamilton incident and there were no further ejections following the warnings. The teams face off again tonight in Arlington, first pitch 7:05pm.
The Minnesota Vikings will face the San Diego Chargers tonight at Mall of America Field in game three of their exhibition schedule. The Vikes are 1-1 this preseason, they defeated the Buffalo Bills last week at home 36-14. The Chargers come in with a 2-0 record after home wins over the Packers and the Cowboys. Both team are expected to play most of the starters into the 2nd half of tonights game before most will sit out of next weeks final preseason games. Kickoff in Minneapolis is set for 7pm tonight.
The Minnesota Lynx are headed to Atlanta today to prepare for a rematch of last years WNBA Finals against the Atlanta Dream. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season. Minnesota swept Atlanta in last years WNBA Finals in 3 games and celebrated the franchises first WNBA championship on the Dreams home court last October. The Lynx currently have the WNBA's best record at 18-4 while Atlanta will enter the contest with a .500 record at 11-11.
Former University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster was hired yesterday as the new wide receiver coach at Mississippi State. Brewster replaces Angelo Mirando who resigned Saturday citing personal issues. Brewster has not coached since he was fired as the Gophers head coach midway through the 2010 season, he compiled a 15-30 record overall as Minnesota's coach and finished with a 6-21 Big Ten record. Last season Brewster worked as a sideline analyst for Fox College Football.