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Minnesota Sports Roundup; White Sox double up Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago's Tyler Flowers doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning as the White Sox topped the Twins 4-2 in the middle game of a three-game series at Target Field.

Alexei Ramirez added an RBI-single in the eighth, while Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning for Chicago, which has won two-of-three. Jake Peavy struck out six over seven innings of two-run ball as he improved to 5-and-1. Addison Reed closed it out for his 12th save. Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe plated a run each for the Twins, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. Kevin Correia permitted four runs and nine hits in seven frames to fall to 4-and-3 with the loss.


Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given for perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship. Harding was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just prior to the start of the this past season. Harding played in all of the five Minnesota playoff games, notching his first career postseason win in the process. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Boston's Adam McQuaid are also finalists. Crosby played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. The award is named after the former North Stars forward, who is the only player in league history to die as a result of injuries suffered on the ice.


The Minnesota Vikings have signed three of their nine 2013 draft picks. The team inked linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins. Hodges was a fourth round selection, while Mauti and Dawkins were both taken in the seventh round.


The University of Minnesota athletic department is taking the show on the road this summer. The "Gopher Road Trip: Chalk Talk" tour begins tomorrow and will continue with various visits around the state through June 20th. The visits to 16 Minnesota cities and towns will feature guest appearances from football coach Jerry Kill, men's basketball coach Richard Pitino, men's hockey coach Don Lucia, athletic director Norwood Teague, and other coaches and Gopher dignitaries. Here is a list of towns and cities which are part of the "Gopher Road Trip" (for specific info on each stop, log on to the Gopher athletic department webpage):

Thursday, May 16th: Redwood Falls and Jackson

Friday, May 17th: Mankato and New Ulm

Monday, June 3rd: Rochester and Austin

Tuesday, June 4th: Owatonna and Red Wing

Monday, June 17th: Willmar and Alexandria

Tuesday, June 18th: Moorhead and St. Cloud

Tuesday, June 19th: Duluth and Hibbing

Wednesday, June 20th: Coleraine and Walker