Twins Lose, C.C. Keeps Winning

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 5:52 am

The Twins four game win streak came to an end Monday with a 3-2 loss at the Metrodome to the Oakland A’s, and Minnesota now falls a game out of the AL Central lead and a game-and-a-half out of the wild card spot . Mark Ellis’ first inning homer and a two run single by Kurt Suzuki was all the offense the A’s needed. Nick Blackburn falls to 9-7 with the loss despite going eight innings giving up only six hits. He did give up all three runs. A Joe Mauer triple in the 8th scored two to keep the game close, but the Athletics were able to hold off the late surge. The two teams do battle again tonight. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Hear the game on cool country 100.9 WCMP-FM

C-C Sabathia improves to 8-0 in Monday’s win over the Astros. The Brewers newly acquired ace went the distance giving up only three runs in the 9-3 win. He also contributed at the plate with a two run single in the fourth, part of the five run inning. Cory Hart also had a big night with two RBI’s including a seventh inning home run. Milwaukee extends their lead in the wild card to 2.5 games over Saint Louis.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping for a complete change from last seasons disappointing 22-60 campaign. On Monday they revealed what they hope is the start of the team transformation, new jerseys. This is the first change for the teams on court wear since the ’96 – ’97 season and will be worn this year, the teams 20th season as a franchise.

Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson was on the practice field Monday despite injury his knee Friday in the preseason game against the Ravens. The third year signal caller didn’t do work with the team, just individual workouts. Head Coach Brad Childress is not ruling out the possibility of Jackson playing in Saturday’s preseason game against Pittsburgh.

The St. Paul Saints fall 7-1 at home to the Lincoln Saltdogs.

The United States continues to extend its lead in the medal count at the Olympics, now have 74, which is five more than China, who has 40 gold medals compared to the U.S’ 24.

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