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KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Yohan Croizet came off the bench to score early in the second half to spark Sporting Kansas City to 2-0 victory over visiting Minnesota United at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday, Aug. 25. Tim Melia made eight saves as SKC (13-6-6 , 45 points) won their fourth straight, all by shutout. He made diving stops on Abu Danladi in the 76th minute and second-half stoppage time and Angelo Rodriguez in the 79th minute for his Major League Soccer-best 11th shutout.
LOS ANGELES—Chelsea Gray recorded 26 points and six assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 75-68 victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and Riquna Williams scored 17 points for sixth-seeded Los Angeles, which lost four of its final five regular-season contests before notching the playoff victory. The Sparks face the third-seeded Washington Mystics in Thursday's second round. The next round also is a one-and-done scenario.
CHICAGO—Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single with two outs in top of the ninth inning, and the visiting Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, Aug. 21, at Guaranteed Rate Field. Jorge Polanco drove in two runs after Rosario's decisive hit as part of the Twins' late charge. Robbie Grossman notched a fourth-inning RBI for Minnesota, which has won six of its past eight games. Nicky Delmonico and Yoan Moncada hit solo home runs for the White Sox.
DALLAS—Coming into Saturday's MLS game, host FC Dallas had only one loss at home while Minnesota United sported the worst mark in the league for road games at 1-10-1. The statistics played out, as Dallas (13-5-6, 45 points) came away with an uneventful 2-0 win, ending a two-game losing streak. The win leaves Dallas on top of the table in the West. Minnesota (9-14-2, 29 points) saw its playoff hopes grow more distant with the loss.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mikie Mahtook homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Carpenter collected his first career victory as the Detroit Tigers held off the host Minnesota Twins 7-5 at Target Field on Saturday, Aug. 18. Mahtook's second homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth, gave Detroit a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Ronny Rodriguez contributed a two-run double and Jim Adduci added two hits and a run scored. Carpenter (1-1), a rookie left-hander, gave up three solo homers but lasted 5 1/3 innings. Shane Greene got the last four outs for his 26th save.
MINNEAPOLIS—Diamond DeShields scored a season-best 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead the Chicago Sky to a 91-88 victory over the host Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis. Courtney Vandersloot contributed 16 points and 10 assists for the Sky (12-20). Allie Quigley scored 13 points while Cheyenne Parker and Gabby Williams added 10 points apiece.
CARSON, Calif.—Midfielder Romario Ibarra scored the tying goal in the 84th minute as Minnesota United rallied for a 2-2 tie against the host Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night at StubHub Center. Defender Michael Boxall added his first career MLS goal for Minnesota United (9-13-2, 29 points). The Loons earned much needed road points, after dropping their previous eight matches away from home. Midfielders Romain Alessandrini and Sebastian Lletget scored goals for Los Angeles (10-8-6, 36 points).
DETROIT—Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias each blasted two-run homers, and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from an 0-6 road trip to down the visiting Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Friday night, Aug. 10, at Comerica Park. Goodrum's 11th homer and Iglesias' fifth long ball allowed Jordan Zimmermann (5-4) to snap a personal four-game losing streak. Zimmermann allowed two unearned runs while giving up eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shane Greene gave up a ninth-inning run but collected his 24th save.
CLEVELAND—Trevor Bauer struck out 11 and gave up just three hits over six innings and Edwin Encarnacion gave him plenty of support with a home run and four RBIs as the host Cleveland Indians cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, Aug. 6, at Progressive Field. Yonder Alonso, Brandon Guyer and Jason Kipnis also homered for Cleveland, which won its third straight game and improved to 33-15 against AL Central competition. Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Kipnis each finished with two hits.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam and Fernando Rodney picked up his 24th save as the Minnesota Twins held on for a 6-5 victory and a three-game series sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, at Target Field.