MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning after his slip led to an Indians run in the top of the inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 4-2 to split a day-night doubleheader Thursday at Target Field. Aaron Slegers allowed just two hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut for the Twins, but he wouldn't earn a win after Kepler fell while fielding a hard-hit ball from Carlos Santana, tying the game in the top of the seventh.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twin outfielder Robbie Grossman left the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with a fractured left thumb. Grossman collided with center fielder Byron Buxton on a flyout in the second inning and was on the ground for a few moments. He stayed in the game and singled in the bottom of the inning. However, Grossman was replaced by pinch-hitter Max Kepler before his at-bat in the third inning. Grossman is hitting .241 this season with seven homers and 35 RBIs.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis each had three hits with a homer, and Carlos Carrasco continued Cleveland's strong run of starting pitching as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 in the first game of Thursday's split doubleheader. Jay Bruce had a two-run single in the first inning for Cleveland, which has won six games in a row and is 9-0 at Minnesota's Target Field this season.
If the Golden State Warriors are invited to White House, Kevin Durant said he will not visit with President Donald Trump to celebrate the team's 2017 championship. Durant was honored in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. and the 2017 Finals MVP told ESPN he will not attend any possible ceremony with Trump. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now." Durant and the Warriors are scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards Feb. 28. The Warriors have been officially been invited by the Trump administration.
The game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians was rained out Wednesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Wednesday's game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday. The Indians won the series opener 8-1 on Tuesday for their fifth consecutive victory. Cleveland (65-52) leads the American League Central by 5 1/2 games over Kansas City (61-59) and by six games over Minnesota (59-58).
MANKATO, Minn. -- For the first time since 2006, this isn't Adrian Peterson's offense. Nor is it any other running back's offense. It's a pass-oriented attack with West Coast schemes. But that doesn't mean the corps of running backs on the Minnesota Vikings aren't up to par. In fact, quarterback Sam Bradford sounds like he would prefer the versatility offered by rookie Dalvin Cook and veterans Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon over the more one-dimensional Peterson.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Cleveland Indians entered their series against Minnesota needing to keep the surging Twins at bay in the American League Central. Home runs helped Cleveland do just that on Tuesday. The Indians belted five homers, including two by Carlos Santana and a three-run blast by Austin Jackson, to take the opener of the three-game series at Target Field by an 8-1 final. The win pushed first-place Cleveland (65-52) six games ahead of the Twins (59-58) in the division.
DETROIT—Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each hit home runs that drove in a total of five runs Friday night and powered the Minnesota Twins to a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers that was their sixth win in a row. Ryan Pressly (2-2) picked up the win after starter Kyle Gibson was unable to get the final out of the fifth inning. He retired all four batters he faced.
MINNEAPOLIS—There was a reversal of fortunes for the Los Angeles Sparks' two stars this time in Minnesota. Candace Parker picked up the slack during an off night for Nneka Ogwumike as Los Angeles had a big third quarter and held on late to beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday evening at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Ogwumike, who led Los Angeles with 27 points in the teams' first matchup on July 6, was held to three points, going 1 of 8 from the field.
Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey sustained a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the upcoming season, multiple outlets reported on Friday. Sankey had four carries for 14 yards and reeled in four passes for 15 yards before exiting early in the third quarter of Thursday's preseason opener versus the Buffalo Bills. The 24-year-old Sankey remained on the field for several minutes before requiring assistance to be helped off the field. An MRI exam confirmed the severity of the injury.