Upper Midwest Sports Headlines for Wednesday, Sept. 13th:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jason Castro homered twice, Brian Dozier was a double from the cycle and the Minnesota Twins pounded the San Diego Padres 16-0. Minnesota hit a season-high seven home runs, setting a Target Field record for most homers in a game, to back another strong start from Kyle Gibson. The Twins set a major league record by homering in each of the first seven innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins will start next season in Baltimore to begin a five-game road trip, before their home opener April 5 against Seattle. The 2018 schedule has the Twins playing 10 straight games at Target Field from April 5-15, with one off day built in. Then they take two home games to Puerto Rico to play Cleveland. The summer highlight is a nine-game Lake Michigan road trip starting June 26, with three games each in Chicago against the White Sox and Cubs followed by three games in Milwaukee.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Seimone Augustus scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and seven rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx roll to a 101-81 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals. Augustus made 11 of 17 shots and the Lynx looked plenty sharp after a week off and playing in an unfamiliar arena.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Shabazz Muhammad has agreed to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal. The Wolves and Muhammad agreed to terms on the veteran minimum deal. Muhammad gives the Wolves some much-needed depth on the wing behind starters Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Conor Rhoda has won the full-time starting quarterback job at Minnesota. Coach P.J. Fleck also says Demry Croft, who split time with Rhoda in the first two games, will not be with the team on Saturday against Middle Tennessee State for disciplinary reasons.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are Ronde Barber, Donald Driver, Steve Smith, Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, Jeff Saturday, Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.