MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Twins take advantage of a sloppy ninth by Texas to win
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two ninth-inning defensive miscues by Texas gave Minnesota a 4-3 comeback win over the Rangers at Target Field in Minneapolis last night. Danny Santana reached first and drove in the winning run after an error by Ranger closer Joakim Soria who fell to 1-and-2 with the loss. Glen Perkins took the win for the Twins who snap their four-game slide. Oswaldo Arcia hit a home run in the win, while Joe Mauer and Eduardo Nunez drove in a run each. Alex Rios smacked out three hits in the loss and Chris Gimenez collected two hits and an RBI. Rougned Odor and Donnie Murphy drove in runs for Texas, which snap their three-game win streak. The same two teams play tonight at Target Field at 7:10 p.m.
The Minnesota State-Mankato baseball team stayed alive in the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, North Carolina with a 6-1 win over St. Thomas Aquinas of New York. The Mavericks are now 46-and-10 on the season and will have a re-match with Seton Hill of Pennsylvania, the team that beat MSU 4-2 in the opening round of the tourney. Seton Hill lost yesterday to Colorado Mesa. The Mavericks and Griffins play at 7 p.m., with the season coming to an end for the losing team. Seton Hill is 41-and-15.
First-year Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer today will put his team through the first of three days of Organized Team Activities this week. The three-day session is the first of three periods of OTA's this offseason. Minnesota will also have three or four days of workouts between June 3-5 and June 9-12. The team's mandatory minicamp runs from June 17-19. Vikings defensive end Brian Robison says so far this off-season has been much different than what he's experienced in Minnesota under previous coaching staffs. Robison says Zimmer spends more time running meetings, especially the ones involving defense.
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore was named the WNBA Western Conference player of the week for her efforts from May 18-24. Moore has helped the Lynx to a 5-and-0 record to start the season and set an all-time league record with four consecutive 30-plus scoring games. She leads the WNBA in scoring at 29.3-points per game. Minnesota hosts San Antonio on Friday.
The NBA's Memphis Grizzlies are making sure head coach Dave Joerger (YAY-ger) sticks around. Owner Robert Pera confirmed on Tuesday they agreed to a contract extension with Joerger, a Staples native. Per team policy, terms of the extension were not released. Joerger spent six seasons as a Memphis assistant before being named the 12th head coach in franchise history prior to last year and led the Grizz to a playoff berth despite a slew of injuries. Memphis pushed Oklahoma City to the bring in their first round playoff series, eventually falling in seven games. The news comes less than a week after Joerger interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their coaching vacancy despite being under contract with Memphis.
Confidence is sky high in Oklahoma City right now. The NBA's Thunder pulled even with Spurs in the Western Conference Finals with a 105-92 Game Four victory behind monster efforts from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Tuesday night. Westbrook went off for 40 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals, while Durant tallied 31 points, five boards and five helpers. OKC went home trailing 2-0 and now head back to San Antonio with a chance to take a 3-2 lead in Game Five on Thursday. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers are trying to avoid the same fate for the third consecutive season on Wednesday. Miami heads to Indianapolis with a 3-1 lead and the chance to make a fourth straight NBA Finals, which hasn't been done since the Lakers in the mid 1980s. Indiana was eliminated by the Heat in the conference finals last year and the semifinals the season before.
Rene Bourque posted a hat trick to power the Canadiens in a 7-4 win over the Rangers at Bell Centre and keep their season going. Montreal led 4-1 in the second before the Rangers stormed back to tie the game. Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty also scored while David Desharnais added a late empty-net goal for the Habs. Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for Montreal, which still trails 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Final. Hastings native Derek Stepan scored twice while Rick Nash and Chris Kreider helped tie the score in the second. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots, giving way to Cam Talbot. New York will host Game Six with a chance to close it out on Thursday.