The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS — Five home runs through the first three innings had Sunday's game between the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins looking like it was going to be an offensive show. The home runs stopped and Minnesota found a way to score once more. But the Twins -- specifically two runners -- were almost too late.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Longtime Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish is with the Los Angeles Dodgers now, and Texas is reportedly pushing back left-hander Martin Perez's next start as it sorts through its rotation. The Rangers still have Cole Hamels every fifth game, though. Hamels allowed four hits in his first complete game since Oct.
MINNEAPOLIS—This one belonged to the captain. Clint Dempsey scored two goals and had an assist as the Seattle Sounders routed Minnesota United 4-0 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Seattle (9-7-7) jumped over Houston and Portland and its 34 points are tied with Dallas for second most in the Western Conference. Portland hosts the LA Galaxy on Sunday, while Houston is at Real Salt Lake. The Sounders are unbeaten in their past five MLS games (4-0-1). It was Seattle's third road win of the season.
CANTON, Ohio—On an unseasonably cool summer night in the birthplace of professional football, seven more immortals swelled the ranks of the Pro Football of Fame to 310. The group included an owner, a quarterback, two running backs, a pass rusher, a hard-hitting safety and a kicker.
MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier homered twice, Robbie Grossman added a three-run blast and Bartolo Colon had his first complete game since Sept. 5, 2015, as the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Friday. Dozier hit his fifth leadoff homer of the season and 24th career to extend his club record. Grossman's seventh homer of the season came in a four-run first inning. Colon (3-9) earned his first win in four starts with Minnesota. The 44-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out five batters. He set down 13 of the final 15 batters he faced.
MINNEAPOLIS — Joey Gallo crushed a three-run homer, and A.J. Griffin cruised through six innings in his return from the disabled list as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday to open a four-game series. Gallo's 29th homer of the year was another towering shot for the big slugger, who has eight homers in his past 13 games. Griffin (5-2) allowed just two hits and a walk, surrendering one run and striking out four batters. Keone Kela and Matt Bush each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, and Alex Claudio finished with his fifth save in six chances.
ST. PAUL — The WNBA's No. 1 offense was out of sorts for three quarters, so the Minnesota Lynx did what they do best: Get the ball to Sylvia Fowles. The Minnesota center scored 12 points during a 23-2 fourth quarter, and the Lynx fought off the Atlanta Dream 69-54 on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Minnesota, which trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, turned up the defensive pressure in the final period.
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies canceled a ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the team's Wall of Fame after allegations surfaced this week that the all-time hits leader maintained a sexual relationship in the 1970s with a girl before she turned 16.
ST. PAUL — The Seattle Storm threw everything at Sylvia Fowles. None of it worked. The Lynx's 6-foot-6 center fought through double- and triple-team defensive sets to score a game-high 29 points and grab 12 rebounds as Minnesota beat Seattle 93-82 on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Fowles shot 11 of 14 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. The Storm's frontline players — Alysha Clark, Crystal Langhorne and Carolyn Swords — picked up 15 fouls trying to guard the Minnesota center.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Yonder Alonso hit a solo walk-off home run with one out in the 12th inning, powering the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. Alonso launched reliever Tyler Duffey's first pitch into the right field seats for his 22nd home run of the season. The walk-off blast was the second of his career. The Athletics beat Minnesota with a walk-off homer for the second straight game. Rajai Davis hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning Saturday. It was Oakland's ninth walk-off win of the season.