MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Texas edges Twins 5-4 to win series opener
ARLINGTON, Tex. (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Tepesch tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers survived a ninth-inning rally from the Minnesota Twins to win 5-4, ending their eight-game losing streak in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.
Tepesch (3-3) allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while fanning five to pick up his first win since May 26. Adrian Beltre crushed a two-run shot and Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Rangers, who snapped their longest skid since Aug. 8-16, 2005.
Kevin Correia (4-9) yielded four runs on six hits and two walks over six innings to absorb the loss. Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar each drove in a run for the Twins, who have lost four straight and nine consecutive road games.
Camille Little scored a career-high 31 points to boost the Seattle Storm to an 81-71 win over the Minnesota Lynx in the opener of a home-and-home set. Jenna O'Hea went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for 15 points, while Sue Bird contributed 11 points and nine assists. Crystal Langhorne totaled 11 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which bounced back from an eight-point loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday. Maya Moore had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace Minnesota, which won its previous two games. Damiris Dantas added 12 points and Lindsay Whalen 11 for the Lynx. The Storm turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 22 Minnesota points, but Seattle held on thanks to 13 points in the final quarter from Little. Minnesota whittled a 14-point deficit in the fourth down to 73-67 following a Whalen jumper with three minutes left. Noelle Quinn stemmed the tide by sinking a jumper. The teams will play Sunday night in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Wild chose forward Alex Tuch with its first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft last night in Philadelphia. Tuch, who normally plays on the right, is 6-4, 218 lbs. and played in the USHL last season and on the Team USA U-18 team. Tuch was chosen at the No. 18 slot in the first round. He had 28 goals and 32 assists last season. The No. 1 overall pick was defenseman Aaron Ekblad of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League to the Florida Panthers. Rounds 2-7 will be held today.
The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced their two newest players yesterday at the Target Center skyway. First-round selection Zach LaVine of UCLA and second-round choice Glen Robinson III of Michigan met with reporters at a news conference. Minnesota sold its two other second-round slots for cash considerations.
Winona native Alec Brown was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 50th pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. The seven-foot-one center averaged more than 15 points and five rebounds per game last season with Wisconsin-Green Bay. Brown was named to the Horizon League First Team in 2013-2014. He was the only player from Minnesota selected in the draft. Brown shot the ball well at the NBA combine, but coaches say he needs to add strength and improve his rebounding and post game at the next level.