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Minnesota Sports Roundup: Royals score four in the eighth to take series

KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain closed out a four-run eighth inning with a two-run homer, as the Royals rallied to beat the Twins 7-3 at Kauffman Stadium last night. Billy Butler added an RBI double in the decisive inning for Kansas City, which won two straight to close the three-game series. Wade Davis allowed three unearned runs in five frames in a no decision. Tim Collins tossed two shutout innings for the win. Jared Burton allowed all the runs in the eighth for the loss. Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer for Minnesota. The Twins are at Washington tonight. The Nationals were rained out against the Mets last night.


The Twins selected high school pitcher Kohl Stewart of Houston with the fourth-overall pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft last night. The Twins also took LSU pitcher Ryan Eades with the 43rd overall choice, which was in the second round. Rounds three-through-10 are today and rounds 11-through-40 will take place tomorrow. The Dodgers chose Golden Gopher left-handed pitcher Tom Windle of Osseo with the 56th overall selection. Fellow Gopher D.J. Snelton of Chicago is expected to get drafted today or tomorrow. Minnesota high school players Ryan Boldt of Red Wing, Max Knutson of Mounds View, and Logan Shore of Coon Rapids are also expected to get drafted today or tomorrow.


Minnesota's Maya Moore scored a game-high 22 points as the Minnesota Lynx crushed the Phoenix Mercury 99-79 at Target Center. Seimone Augustus added 19 points and Amber Harris had a career-high 18 for Minnesota, which improved to 2-and-0. The Lynx meet the Mystics tomorrow in Washington, DC.


The Vikings wrapped up their organized team activities for the week yesterday. The team will hold their final set of OTA's next Monday through Thursday before wrapping up the offseason schedule with a three-day mandatory mini-camp a week later. Linebacker Chad Greenway says he is happy with how the OTA's have gone this offseason.


Former Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk announced yesterday why his missed out on his visit to the White House. Birk did not attend the Raven's Super Bowl celebration event with President Barack Obama this week because of his Pro-Life stance. Birk told KFAN Radio in Minnesota that the President made a comment supporting Planned Parenthood and he was not happy with the action. Birk is a St. Paul native and played high school football at Cretin-Derham Hall. He retired from the NFL following this past championship season.