The Sports Xchange
SEATTLE - A month ago, Mike Zunino was demoted to the minor leagues, batting .167 with no home runs and two RBIs. That suddenly seems like a long time ago. Zunino hit two home runs Wednesday night, including a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-5 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field. Zunino's ninth-inning blast to right-center field off Brandon Kintzler (2-1) gave the Mariners their season-high fifth consecutive win.
Scooter Gennett entered Tuesday night with just 38 home runs in 1,637 major league at-bats spread over five seasons. The 5-10, 185-pound utility man, who was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers just before the season began, was also riding a 1-for-20 streak at the plate. So naturally Gennett went 5 for 5, hit four home runs, including a grand slam, in Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. Oh, and he collected 10 RBI total in a record-setting performance that ranks among the greatest - and most unlikely - outbursts in MLB history.
SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano hit the ball where nobody could catch it Tuesday night. Cano lined a three-run homer over the right field wall in the first inning, his 11th of the season, sparking the Seattle Mariners to a 12-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field. Kyle Seager also hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and Danny Valencia had a three-run double for the Mariners, who won their fourth consecutive game and their eighth out of nine. The Twins, who lead the American League Central, lost for just the seventh time in 24 road games this season.
Country star Hank Williams Jr. will be bringing his iconic song back to "Monday Night Football" this fall, six years after ESPN parted ways with him following controversial remarks about President Barack Obama. Williams will debut a new version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night"—including his trademark opening, "Are you ready for some football?"—before the first MNF game of the season on Sept. 11 between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.
OAKLAND, Calif — Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry buried 3-pointers in a 13-point, five-possession flurry early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 132-113 victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, helping Golden State take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Finals shift to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday.
DUBLIN, Ohio — Jason Dufner still hasn't put together four good rounds at Muirfield Village. However, it hardly mattered Sunday as Dufner captured the Memorial Tournament with a bogey-free back nine to cap off a final-round 4-under 68. His 13-under 275 total bested India's Anirban Lahiri (65) and Rickie Fowler (70) by three shots.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J.—When In-Kyung Kim tapped in her final putt on Sunday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, it marked the conclusion of an event that was as much an endurance test as it was a golf tournament. When play began Sunday, a half-dozen players had a legitimate chance to win. But one by one, they fell by the wayside, and at day's end it was Kim who claimed the victory after a final round that took the leaders just under five hours to complete.
DOVER, Del.—When the yellow flag waved after the race field passed the restart line in overtime restart at Dover International Speedway on Sunday for a multi-car wreck involving about a dozen cars, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race ended, and Jimmie Johnson became an 11-time Dover winner. Johnson also tied Cale Yarborough for sixth on the Cup Series all-time wins list with 83 career trips to victory lane.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Minnesota Twins continued to make themselves comfortable in opposing stadiums, beating the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Sunday for their 17th road win of the season. Jason Castro and Miguel Sano hit home runs off Ricky Nolasco (2-6), who is among the major league leaders in dingers allowed this season, and 22-year-old right-hander Jose Berrios (4-1) allowed two runs in six innings for his fourth win.
SEATTLE — Sylvia Fowles scored 26 points, all in a dominating first half, and the Minnesota Lynx remained unbeaten with a 100-77 rout of the host Seattle Storm on Saturday night at KeyArena. Fowles, the Western Conference Player of the Month for May, notched her fifth consecutive 20-plus-point performance. She connected on 10 of 11 shots in the first half, helping the Lynx jump out to a commanding 64-39 lead at halftime. Minnesota shot 61.9 percent from the field in the first half, overwhelming the Storm, who suffered their first home loss of the season.