Morneau homers for Twins in 7-4 win over White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau homered for the first time in almost two months, a two-run shot that helped the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Morneau's third homer of the season followed an RBI single by Josh Willingham in the sixth off Deunte Heath after White Sox ace Chris Sale's night ended after five shaky innings. Morneau last went deep on April 28. The 2006 AL MVP has three seasons of 30-plus homers.
Brian Dozier reached base four times for the Twins, including a three-run homer in the second against Sale (5-6).
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for the second game in a row, recording his 18th save in 20 tries, after Kevin Correia (6-4) pitched into the seventh.
Twins sign 1st-round draft pick Kohl Stewart
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Kohl Stewart, the fourth overall pick in this month's draft.
The team announced the deal Wednesday, along with the signings of 22 others. The Twins have 21 of their first 25 selections under contract.
The 18-year-old Stewart was the first high school pitcher drafted. The slot value of the signing bonus for the fourth pick determined by Major League Baseball's formula is $4,544,400.
Stewart posted an 0.18 ERA in 40 innings with 16 walks and 59 strikeouts this season over eight starts for St. Pius X High School in Houston. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Stewart was a two-sport star, recruited by Texas A&M to pitch and play quarterback for the football team. As a senior, he passed for 2,560 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Moore leads Lynx to 80-69 win over Mercury
PHOENIX (AP) - Maya Moore had 26 points, 16 rebounds and five assists to lead Minnesota to an 80-69 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday night for the Lynx's third straight win.
Seimone Augustus added 17 points and Janel McCarville had 10, including four during a decisive 13-2 run to open the fourth quarter, for Minnesota (5-1).
Diana Taurasi scored 28 points for the Mercury, who missed 16 of their first 21 shots and finished at just 34%. Rookie sensation Britney Griner had 10 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes as Phoenix (3-4) snapped a 3-game winning streak.
The Lynx trailed 60-56 going into the final period but took advantage of the Mercury's poor shooting. Phoenix made just 2 of 13 field goals in the fourth after gaining the lead on a run of its own in the third quarter.
Vikings work out free agent linebacker Bishop
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Free agent and former Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop has visited the Vikings.
Defensive coordinator Alan Williams said after minicamp practice Wednesday that Bishop went through a "good workout" with team officials. Williams deferred to general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier about the possibility of signing the seventh-year veteran.
Bishop played in a 3-4 defense with Green Bay. Minnesota uses a 4-3 scheme. But Williams said he doesn't believe there'd be much of an adjustment if Bishop were to join the Vikings.
The Packers released Bishop on Monday. He started at inside linebacker for two years before tearing his hamstring during an exhibition game, an injury that kept him out for the entire 2012 season.
Peterson back in routine, with a bit of rest
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson is back to normal again.
Last summer, his knee rehabilitation was the primary focus. During the winter, he was recovering from sports hernia surgery. Now, he's added some off-the-field commitments and is running the ball in practice for the Minnesota Vikings like there was never anything wrong with him.
This is also the time for the Vikings to give the reigning NFL MVP some rest, too. Peterson was held out of minicamp drills on Wednesday. He worked out inside the team facility instead.
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