The Twins completed a 3-game sweep of Cleveland at Target Field 5-1 Sunday afternoon. Brian Duensing replaced Francisco Liriano in the rotation and threw 6 innings with 5 hits and 1 earned run allowed to get the win
The Timberwolves had 6'8 guard/forward Nicolas Batum visit Minnesota Sunday night. He is a restricted free agent from Portland. Batum averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a game in 2011-2012. He is considered a defensive specialist. The Timberwolves are expected to offer him a 4-year $50 Million contract. If he signs a contract with the Wolves the Trailblazers would have 3 days to match that offer.
Melrose native Amanda Smock (Tieschafer) won the women's triple-jump at the U.S. Olympic trials Monday night in Eugene, Oregon. Smock is headed to London for the Summer Olympics. Her best jump was her first, 45 feet and 9 inches.
Alexandria salvaged the final game of a 4-game series in St. Cloud Saturday night with a 11-5 win. Alexandria jumped on St. Cloud for 3 runs in the first inning and added 5 runs in the 7th inning to secure the win. Will Flor allowed 4 hits and 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss. Andy Henkemeyer had 1 hit and 2 RBIs and both Phil Imholte and Nick Rau had 1 hit and 1 RBI for the Rox.
The Vikings traded back into the first round Thursday night to select safety Harrison Smith from Notre Dame 29th overall. Minnesota gave Baltimore their 2nd round pick (35th overall) and a 4th round pick (98th overall) to draft Smith. Smith is a 6'2 213 safety who had 85 tackles for Notre Dame his senior season. Smith was considered the 2nd best safety in this draft.
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