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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kansas City scores three in the sixth to defeat Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI double to help the Royals pick up a 3-2 win over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City last night.  Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas also doubled in a run in the three-run sixth inning.  Omar Infante tallied three hits and scored once for Kansas City, which has won six of its last eight.  Jason Frasor improved to 2-and-1 in relief, and Greg Holland closed it out for his 28th save.  Phil Hughes took his eighth loss after giving up three runs in six innings of work for the Twins, who have lost four of six.  Josh Willingham belted a solo shot in defeat.  The rubber game of the three-game set is tonight in K-C.


Today is the last day for major league clubs to make trades before the non-waiver deadline.  Clubs have until 3 p.m (Central Time) to complete deals without first having to pass a player through waivers.  The Minnesota Twins are reportedly hearing from teams with an interest in veteran players Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki.  The Twins already traded Kendrys Morales away last week.  Among the other prominent names rumored to be on the block are Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, Rays pitcher David Price, Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and A.J Burnett, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.


Brandon Poulson has earned a 250-thousand-dollar contract with the Minnesota Twins.  In a rather unique scenario, the 24-year-old is joining the Twins' minor league system after earning a contract worth ten times more than other undrafted players.  A Twins scout saw him throw 100-miles-per-hour recently and talked the organization into signing him.


The Minnesota Vikings continue training camp in Mankato with two more workouts today.  Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner says all three of the quarterbacks will get a lot of work in this training camp.  Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder, and rookie Teddy Bridgewater all are learning Turner's new offense.  Turner told reporters yesterday that head coach Mike Zimmer would ultimately make the decision on who the starting quarterback would be and that whomever is chosen will be ready to start the regular season opener on September 7th in St. Louis  The exhibition opener is set for one week from tomorrow night at TCF Bank Stadium.


A pair of Hall of Fame wide receivers will serve as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl.  Former Minnesota Viking Cris Carter and Michael Irvin take over the roles that Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served last season.  In the second year of the revised format, Carter and Irvin will join two active player captains and one fantasy football champion to select players placed into a pool and drafted into two teams.  Last season, Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 in Honolulu.  This season's Pro Bowl will be played stateside on January 25th at the site of Super Bowl 49 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  The selection of Carter and Irvin add some intrigue to the game, as both star receivers exchanged jabs earlier this summer regarding comments both made about Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon's run-in with the law.


The Golden Gopher football team opens fall camp tomorrow on the University of Minnesota campus.  Head coach Jerry Kill will put his team through a single workout tomorrow beginning at 5:15 p.m.  The team announced it will have three practices next week open to the public, including sessions on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.  In addition, a team scrimmage on August 9th will be open to the public at TCF Bank Stadium.  The Gophers were 8-and-5 last season and open the regular season on August 28th against Eastern Illinois in Minneapolis.


The Golden Gopher men's hockey schedule is finalized.  The University announced dates for the team's Big Ten games yesterday and changed the day of the Notre Dame matchup.  The Gophers will play a 20-game Big Ten schedule with home and away series against all of the Big Ten teams.  Minnesota also shifted its non-conference matchup against Notre Dame from games on November 7th and 8th to games now begin set for November 7th and 9th.  The entire schedule can be found at the team's Webpage.


University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has added former Oregon State assistant coach Nate Pomeday to his Golden Gopher staff.  Pomeday will serve as Pitino's Director of Basketball Operations.  Pomeday played college basketball at Northwestern and comes to Minneapolis after a six-season stint as an assistant coach with Oregon State.  Pitino's previous Director of Basketball Operations Josh Adel has been given the title of Assistant to the Head Coach.


The top two teams in the WNBA clash tonight as the Lynx host the Phoenix Mercury at the Target Center.  Minnesota has won seven straight to improve to 20-and-6 on the year, two-and-a-half games behind Phoenix for the best record in the league.  The Mercury have won 16 in-a-row and are 22-and-3 overall.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.


The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially signed veteran free agent guard Mo Williams.  The "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" previously reported the deal is for one year and worth 3.75-million-dollars.  The 31-year-old Williams averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 74 games with Portland last season.