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MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer capped a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam and the host Minnesota Twins roughed up the New York Yankees en route to a 10-5 victory Tuesday night, Sept. 11, at Target Field. Mauer gave the Twins a 10-1 lead when he drove a full-count fastball from right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle into the grassy area beyond the center field fence for his sixth homer of the season. It was the first baseman's fifth career grand slam and first since last Sept. 17 off Toronto reliever Chris Rowley.
MINNEAPOLIS—Gary Sanchez hit a long homer in the sixth inning, J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the seventh inning of a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Monday, Sept. 10, at Target Field. Sanchez hit his second home run since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1 due to a groin injury and his 16th homer of the season.
INDIANAPOLIS—Brad Keselowski bumped his way past Denny Hamlin with two laps to go on Monday, Sept. 10, and went on to win the rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard on Monday afternoon. The victory, which gave team owner Roger Penske his first in a stock car race victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning 17 times there in Indy cars, was the second of the year for Keselowski. He also won last week at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
MINNEAPOLIS—Catcher Willians Astudillo hit a two-run walk-off homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9, at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was just the 10th hit and third homer of the major league career for the 26-year-old Astudillo, who clobbered a 1-0 hanging slider off reliever Jason Hammel (2-13) deep into the bleachers in left-center field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kansas City right-hander Jorge Lopez pitched eight perfect innings before allowing a baserunner Saturday night, Sept. 8, and the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Lopez, in only his seventh career start, flirted with history, retiring the first 24 Twins he faced. Max Kepler led off the ninth and induced a walk on a 3-1 count to break up the perfect game bid. There have only been 23 perfect games recorded in major league history—the last one by Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012, against Tampa Bay.
MINNEAPOLIS — Eddie Rosario homered, and Ehire Adrianza had three hits and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Logan Forsythe scored three runs, Jake Cave had two hits and scored two runs and Jorge Polanco and Rosario also each had two hits for the Twins, who improved to 6-1 against Kansas City at Target Field this season. Trevor May (4-1) picked up the win with two shutout innings in relief, allowing three hits while striking out two.
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles came up with another goal-line stand against the Atlanta Falcons and eked out an 18-12 victory in an ugly, flag-filled affair to open the NFL regular season Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota might be getting a lot of attention for starting a freshman walk-on at quarterback, but Thursday's season opener against New Mexico State showed that its senior running back should receive plenty of attention as well. Rodney Smith showed why he could be one of the Big Ten's most underrated backs this year, as he ran for 153 yards on 24 carries to help lead the Golden Gophers to a 48-10 home win over New Mexico State.
PARAMUS, N.J.—Bryson DeChambeau carded a stress-free, final-round 69 on Sunday, Aug. 26, to post a four-stroke win at The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., in the first of the PGA Tour's four FedEx Cup Playoff events. DeChambeau finished at 18-under 268 after 72 holes to move from ninth place to first in the playoff standings after a four-birdie, two-bogey round on Sunday. Tony Finau, vying with DeChambeau for one of the four captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team, fired a 68 in the final round and ended up in second at 14 under.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jonathan Lucroy hit the 13,000th home run in Oakland Athletics franchise history Saturday night, Aug. 25, a three-run shot that paved the way for a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Right-hander Mike Fiers (10-6) remained unbeaten in four starts since joining the A's earlier in the month, limiting the Twins to one run in 5 2/3 innings en route to Oakland's second straight win after a loss in the series opener Thursday. Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves (0-2), making just his second major-league start, took the loss.