K-Heart Sports – 06/29/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 06/29/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs got some stiff competition from the Red River Pilots last night at Corbett Field. The game was tied 5-5 after 9 innings of play. This year in the Expedition League if that happens the winner is determined by a homerun derby instead of playing extra innings. Ben Newbert that won the Sabre Dogs their 2nd HR Competition in just 4 games. The Dogs winning streak extends to 24 games in a row. The two teams will now shift to Grand Forks for games tonight and Thursday.
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MINOT, ND – Tuesday scores:
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class B
Renville County 8, Ray 1
Renville County 10, Ray 0
 
Garrison 16, Bismarck Scarlets 2
Bismarck Scarlets 14, Garrison 10
 
Hazen 5, Hettinger 2
Hazen 10, Hettinger 6
 
Bismarck Senators 10, Bismarck Reps 3
Bismarck Senators 9, Bismarck Reps 7
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TWINS-GUARDIANS
 
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jorge Polanco didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things. Returning from his first stint on the injured list as a major leaguer, Polanco drove in three runs and rookie Josh Winder pitched six stellar innings as the Minnesota Twins earned a day-night doubleheader split with a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.
 
Amed Rosario’s clutch two-run single in the eighth inning rallied Cleveland to a 3-2 win in the opener, snapping the Guardians’ five-game losing streak. Down 2-1 in the opener, the Guardians came back against reliever Emilio Pagán (1-3), who walked Myles Straw and rookie Steven Kwan before facing Rosario. Cleveland’s shortstop then slapped a 3-2 pitch through the middle to give the Guardians a major lift. When he rounded first, Rosario, who went 3 for 4 and has five three-hit games in June, skipped in the air.
 
Polanco, who missed 14 games with lower back tightness, was reinstated from the IL and quickly made a difference by cracking a two-run homer in the third inning off rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-1) as the Twins restored their lead in the AL Central to three games over the Guardians. Byron Buxton hit his 20th homer and José Miranda connected in the second game for the Twins, who have taken two of three in this five-game set between division rivals. Winder (3-2) was brought up as the club’s 27th man for the doubleheader and excelled in just his fourth major league start — and first since May 27. The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk — to start the first.
Twins RHP Dylan Bundy (4-4, 4.80 ERA) starts tonight against Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.76).
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LYNX-WINGS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Moriah Jefferson had the first triple-double in franchise history with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, leading the Minnesota Lynx to a 92-64 victory over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night. Aerial Powers scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter for the Lynx, whose 26-point halftime lead was their largest in the last three seasons. Jefferson, who was waived by Dallas in May, grabbed her 10th rebound with five seconds left and was surrounded by teammates after the buzzer, having become the 10th player in WNBA history with a triple-double. It was the 15th triple-double overall in the league, with four coming this season. The Lynx scored 33 points in the first quarter and led 50-24 at halftime after going 8 of 16 behind the arc, while Dallas was just 8 for 30 overall. Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 points for Dallas (9-11). Marina Mabrey missed her first seven shots and finished 1 of 11 for three points.
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TIMBERWOLVES-KESSLER
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walker Kessler will bring a 7-foot-1 presence and prolific shot-blocking ability to Minnesota, a welcome complement in the post to star Karl-Anthony Towns even if his playing time is limited during his debut NBA season. The Timberwolves didn’t just draft him to patrol the paint and guard the pick-and-roll. He has upside as a scorer, too. “High school year, I didn’t know what defense was. I was just a stretch big, skilled big, offensive player. That’s all I did,” Kessler said Tuesday as the Timberwolves introduced him and fellow draft picks Wendell Moore Jr. and Josh Minott at Target Center.
 
Kessler began to unlock his potential as a freshman at North Carolina. After transferring to Auburn last year, he flourished as a rim protector. The Tigers had plenty of scorers, so he carved out his own role and won two national defensive player of the year awards while leading the country with a program-record 155 blocked shots. Kessler had two points-rebounds-blocks triple-doubles. Kessler has a soft touch around the hoop and shot 70% from inside the arc, his overall shooting rate dragged down by a 10-for-50 performance from 3-point range that Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly briefly needled him about during the news conference.
 
The Wolves will likely look largely the same for next season coming off their seventh-place finish in the Western Conference. Free agency will be more about finding complementary players, just like Kessler and Moore will be, for Towns, Anthony Edwards and other valued youngsters like Jaden McDaniels and Jaylen Nowell.
 

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