Minnesota Sports 15 Sep 11

Royals Top Reeling Twins
(Kansas City, MO) — Mike Moustakas (moo-STAH-kas) went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Royals to a 7-3 win over the Twins yesterday in Missouri. Salvador Perez and Johnny Giavotella drove in two runs each for Kansas City, which swept the two-game set and has won four straight overall. Luke Hochevar (HOE-chay-ver) pitched six innings of two-run ball for the win. Greg Holland escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to notch his third save. Liam Hendriks took the loss for Minnesota, which has dropped 10 of its last 11 games and 19 of their last 22. Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with an RBI in defeat.

Twins Take On Tribe Tomorrow
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins are off today. They’ll begin a three-game series with the Indians at Target Field tomorrow night. Kevin Slowey is scheduled to start on the mound for Minnesota. Cleveland will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez. First-pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Cleveland is at Texas tonight.

Twins In Last Place
(Kansas City, MO) — Yesterday’s Twins loss to Kansas City coupled with a Baltimore Orioles victory over Tampa Bay pushed Minnesota into a position where it has the worst record in the American League. The Twins are a season-low 30-games under .500 with a record of 58-and-88 and are 27-and-a-half-games behind first-place Detroit in the American League Central Division. Baltimore is now 60-and-88 with yesterday’s 6-2 over the Rays. The Twins have the second-worst record overall in all of baseball. Houston is a dismal 51-and-98 in the National League.

Twins 2012 Schedule Released
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins have released their 2012 schedule. Minnesota will open the season on the road at Baltimore on Friday, April 6th. The home opener at Target Field will be Monday, April 9th, 2012, against the Angels. The Twins will have a monster A.L. East swing in April where they will play four games at the Yankees, three games at the Rays, and then host Boston for three games. Minnesota will have a home-and-home interleague series with the Brewers, as usual. The Brewers host the Twins May 18-20, while Minnesota hosts Milwaukee June 15-17. Other interleague matchups for the Twins include a home series against the Cubs June 8-10 and a home set with Philadelphia June 12-14. The Twins play at Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati in the month of June, as well. The home portion of the regular season wraps up for Minnesota in September by hosting the Yankees for three games and the Tiger for three games. The season ends with three games at Toronto. For the complete schedule, log on to the Twins webpage.

Gopher Coach Still In Hospital
(Minneapolis, MN) — The head football coach at the University of Minnesota is still in the hospital. Jerry Kill is recovering from a sideline seizure he suffered during last weekend’s loss to New Mexico State. He is undergoing a battery of medical tests and doctors are said to be evaluating his medication routine. Assistant coaches still insist they believe Kill will be on the sidelines in this weekend’s game against Miami of Ohio. The contest kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.

Vikings-Bucs
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb says each week in the NFL is different, so fans should not read too much into his low production in last week’s loss at San Diego. He says the offense played well in the first half of that game, but failed to maintain its momentum in the second half. McNabb says he’s been around the NFL long enough to know that one week doesn’t make or break a season. He says he thinks the offense will be more productive this week when the Vikings host the Tampa Buccaneers on Sunday at noon in the Metrodome.

Bucs Switch Long Snappers
(Tampa, FL) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have swapped long snappers, signing Scott Albritton to replace Christian Yount. Albritton, out of Colorado State, was signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent in August, but was released in the final wave of cuts. Yount was also a rookie free agent from UCLA. The Bucs’ regular long snapper, Andrew Economos, is on the physically unable to perform list because of an Achilles injury. He had handled the duties for the past four seasons, but is not eligible to return until at least after the sixth week of the campaign. Tampa Bay plays at Minnesota on Sunday.

Wild-Stars Prospects Battle
(Traverse City, MI) — Top prospects from the Minnesota Wild skated by a group of prospects from the Dallas Stars 4-1 yesterday at a preseason camp in Traverse City, Michigan yesterday. The victory meant that Minnesota finished fifth in the tournament. The entire roster of Wild players will report to training camp on Friday in St. Paul and begin practicing on Saturday. An open scrimmage is set for the Xcel Energy Center on both Saturday and Sunday. Scrimmage time is 10 a.m. both days.

Lynx-Silver Stars
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Lynx will host a first-round playoff game for the first time in seven years when the San Antonio Silver Stars visit Target Center tomorrow night. Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen is one of the front-runners for the league’s Most Valuable Player award and will be counted on to run the show from her point guard spot throughout the postseason. Minnesota finished the season winning nine of its last ten games and has the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The first round series is a best-of-three set. Game One tips off at 8 p.m. Friday.

Golfers Of Week
(Undated) — Both the NSIC and the MIAC are out with their weekly award winners in golf. The Northern Sun men’s Golfer of the Week is Minnesota-Crookston freshman Matt McClure of Grand Rapids. He won the NSIC Fall Preview at Troy Burne in Hudson, Wisconsin last weekend with a two-day, two-over-par total. Minnesota-Crookston senior golfer Samantha Bergmann of New Ulm is the NSIC women’s Golfer of the Week after winning the Concordia Invitational. Saint John’s senior Alex Klehr of Mankato is the MIAC men’s Golfer of the Week after finishing third at the Augsburg Invitational. Carleton freshman Gina Kabasakalis of Alameda, California was the women’s MIAC Golfer of the Week after tying for second-place in the Wartburg Invite in Iowa.