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The hottest driver in the sport stayed hot on Sunday, Sept. 16, as Brad Keselowski landed the first blow in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs by winning the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The victory, which came in overtime, was the third in a row for Keselowski and assured him a berth in the second round of the 10-race, 16-driver playoffs. In the history department, Keselowski handed legendary team owner Roger Penske his 500th victory across all racing series.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Jorge Polanco and Johnny Field each had four hits—including solo home runs—and two RBIs, to help the visiting Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, to salvage one win in the four-game series. Max Kepler and Tyler Austin also hit solo shots for the Twins (68-81), who had 18 hits in ending an eight-game Kauffman Stadium losing streak after winning their first game of the season there May 28. They also ended an eight-game losing streak on the road.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Minnesota United's 1-1 MLS road draw with Real Salt Lake Saturday night, Sept. 15, tells why they play the games. Real Salt Lake (13-10-6, 45 points) entered the game with a 4-1-1 record over their last six and were 10-1-3 at home this season. Minnesota (9-16-3, 30 points) now has gone seven games without a win and is 1-12-2 on the road this season. Everything coming in pointed to an RSL win, but it wasn't meant to be.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Salvador Perez hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a dramatic 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, Sept. 14, at Kauffman Stadium. Perez belted a 3-2 slider by Twins' reliever Trevor Hildenberger (4-4) over the fence in left-center for his 26th homer of the season and sixth against Minnesota (67-80), which lost its seventh straight road game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back homers to highlight a four-run sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, Sept. 13, at Kauffman Stadium. Perez also doubled and Rosell Herrera had two hits and scored a run for Kansas City (50-96). Alex Gordon reached base three times, walking twice and getting hit by a pitch, and also drove in a run for the Royals.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Odorizzi came within five outs of producing the first no-hitter in Target Field history as the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Wednesday night, Sept. 12. In the 722nd regular-season game since the Twins moved to their current stadium in 2010, Odorizzi (6-10) lost his no-hit bid when Greg Bird roped the 120th pitch into the left-center field gap for an RBI double. Odorizzi issued three walks, struck out five and tied a career-high with 120 pitches
WASHINGTON, D.C. — United rallied for a crucial 2-1 home win Wednesday night, Sept. 12, beating Minnesota United to boost their MLS Eastern Conference playoff hopes. The game was the first of seven straight at home for D.C. (9-11-7, 34 points), which pulled within two points of the sixth and final postseason position in the East. Minnesota (9-16-2, 29 points) saw its distant chance at making the Western Conference playoffs all but disappear with the loss.
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.