Minnesota Sports Roundup: Rios' two homers provide the White Sox offense to take seriesMinnesota Sports
-- Chicago's Alex Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to power the White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Twins in yesterday's series finale in Chicago.
Chicago's Alex Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to power the White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Twins in yesterday's series finale in Chicago. Jake Peavy scattered five hits and a run over six innings to even his record at 10-and-10 with the win. PJ. Walters allowed all six runs in five-plus frames to take the loss for Minnesota. Eduardo Escobar and Matt Carson each had a sac-fly in defeat The Twins are off today. They return to Target Field tomorrow evening to open up a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Liam Hendricks is slated toe the rubber opposite Jeanmar Gomez in the opener.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says he wants to see star running back Adrian Peterson take a few hits during practice later today and that will help him determine how much, if at all, Peterson will play in Sunday's season opener against Jacksonville. Frazier says they won't exactly simulate an actual game-like hit, but he says they have a few plays designed for Peterson in practice that will give him a chance to see how his body responds. Peterson is recovering from off-season knee surgery. Sunday's game against Jacksonville kicks off at noon at the Metrodome.
The value of the Minnesota Vikings is up 22 percent, according to Forbes magazine. Passage of the stadium bill is apparently the main reason the team's value jumped from 796-million dollars in 2011 to 975-million this year. Forbes says "the team, currently near the bottom of the NFL in stadium revenue, could generate an additional 40-million a year from the new stadium." The Vikings are ranked 22nd among the league's 32 teams. Their new 65-thousand seat stadium in downtown Minneapolis is scheduled to open in 2016.
Golden Gopher head coach Jerry Kill says his team will have to be ready from the start against this week's opponent New Hampshire. New Hampshire is an FCS team, but one that plays offense with a fast tempo. Kill says the Wildcats will try to run 90 to 100 plays and go fast when they do. In Kill's words, the New Hampshire offense will try to go "boom, boom, boom" down the field. Both New Hampshire and Minnesota won season openers a week ago tonight. Saturday's game kicks off at 11 a.m. at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Lynx are back on the court tomorrow evening when they wrap up a four-game homestand against the Atlanta Dream at the Target Center. The Lynx have won nine games in-a-row to improve to 22-and-4 on the season. They are coming off an 88-77 victory versus Los Angeles on Tuesday. Minnesota wraps up this week's play on Sunday at San Antonio.