Pirates, Twins complete trade involving Morneau
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their trade for Justin Morneau by sending right-handed pitcher Duke Welker to the Minnesota Twins.
The final portion of the Aug. 31 trade was announced on Saturday. The Pirates sent outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to the Twins for Morneau to give them some extra pop at the plate and a reliable defensive first baseman.
The 27-year-old Welker went 3-4, with a 3.57 ERA and nine saves in 48 appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season. He appeared in two games for the Pirates this season, pitching 1 1-3 scoreless innings. He has a career minor league record of 16-39 with a 4.19 ERA. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2007.
Wild lose Coyle for 3-4 weeks; Zucker recalled
ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle will miss three to four weeks with a sprained knee.
The Wild announced the timetable for Coyle’s recovery on Sunday night. The second-year player was hurt Saturday night in the team’s overtime loss to Anaheim.
Left wing Jason Zucker was recalled from Iowa of the AHL to take Coyle’s place. Zucker played in 20 games last season. Both Coyle and Zucker are 21, part of the Wild’s promising young core. Coyle was centering the second line, between Dany Heatley and Nino Niederreiter.
The Wild lost their first two games. They play at Nashville on Tuesday night before hosting Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Ariz. man, Minn. woman win Twin Cities marathons
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Arizona man and Minnesota woman won the Twin Cities marathon.
According to the Twin Cities Marathon website, Nick Arciniaga, of Flagstaff, Ariz., had an unofficial time of in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 12 seconds on Sunday. The 30-year-old had a pace of 5:06 per mile. It was his 13th marathon.
The record belongs to Phil Coppess, who finished with 2:10:05 in 1985.
Annie Bersagel finished in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 52 seconds. According to the marathon website, Bers-agel’s pace was 5:46 per mile. She’s from Victoria.
The women’s record belongs to Zinaida Semenova, who finished with 2:26:51 in 2001.
More than 28,000 participants were expected to compete in related running events Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s 26.2 mile course began in Minneapolis and ended in St. Paul.