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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Dozier's three-run blast lifts Twins

MINNEAPOLIS ( - Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer as the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, in the second of a three- game series.

Kurt Suzuki drove in the other run for the Twins, who have won three in a row. Samuel Deduno (1-2) picked up his first win of the season after giving up two runs on two hits over six innings. Michael Saunders hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the Mariners, who have lost four straight. James Jones had an RBI and a run scored. Seattle starter Roenis Elias (3-3) allowed four runs on six hits over seven innings. The Twins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Dozier led off with a single, moved to second on Trevor Plouffe's groundout and raced home on Suzuki's double down the left-field line. The Mariners went in front with a two-run third. Brad Miller worked a one-out walk and crossed the plate on Jones' triple to right. Saunders' sacrifice fly made it 2-1. Minnesota went back in front for good on Dozier's homer in the fifth. With one out, Aaron Hicks and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back singles. Dozier followed with a blast to left, making it 4-2.


The University of Minnesota softball team downed North Dakota State 4-1 in 10 innings to advance to the championship round of the Minneapolis Regional Saturday.  The No. 14 ranked Golden Gophers plated three runs in the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie. Sara Gronenwegen was the winning pitcher.  She also led the U with two hits. Minnesota plays Auburn today for the regional title as the War Eagles elminated NDSU with a win last night. The Tigers need to beat the Gophers twice to advance from the regional. First pitch in today's final at Cowles Stadium is at 1:30 p.m.


Minnesota State is in position to advance from the Central Regional to the NCAA Division II College World Series with a win today over Emporia State, Kan. MSU downed the top seed in the region, Arkansas Tech, 5-2 last evening in Russellville, Ark. The Mavericks, 44-9 overall, need to beat Emporia State just once to win the regional title and go on to next weekend's College World Series in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch in today's regional final contest is at 2 p.m.