CHICAGO—Byron Buxton matched a career high with three hits, and the Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Buxton finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Kennys Vargas hit a two-run home run for Minnesota, which posted double digits in hits for the ninth time this season. Ehire Adrianza added a two-run single, while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler had RBI singles as the Twins rebounded from allowing 27 runs in consecutive home losses to the Boston Red Sox.
The Atlanta Braves made two notable moves on Monday. First, they released former World Series champion and 2006 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard from his minor league contract. Later, the Braves acquired utility man Danny Santana from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitcher Kevin Chapman. Santana, 26, was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday after hitting .200 this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Todd Pletcher and his go-to jockey, John Velazquez, had each won the Kentucky Derby. On Saturday, May 6, they fulfilled their dream of winning it together. Always Dreaming took command at the top of the stretch and easily held off long shot Lookin at Lee to become the fifth straight favorite to win the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. "He's an incredible horse," Velazquez told NBC Sports after the victory. "We wanted to get in a position we like to have, in a comfortable position.
Jay Cutler called an audible, agreeing to a contract with FOX Sports on Friday after a tepid free agent market helped guide the 34-year-old into broadcasting. Cutler's contract places him on the No. 2 NFL broadcast team at FOX. A former first-round pick, Cutler spent the past eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. But he was let go by the John Fox-led regime in March and no serious suitors emerged.
Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker underwent bilateral core muscle surgery on Thursday, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Zucker is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of training camp in September, the team said. Zucker recorded a career-high 22 goals to go along with 25 assists and tied defenseman Ryan Suter with a team-best plus-34 rating this season. The 25-year-old forced overtime by scoring the tying goal in Game 5 of the first-round series against the St. Louis Blues.
The Minnesota Vikings released safety Cedric Thompson, tackle Marquis Lucas and defensive tackle Sterling Bailey on Thursday. The moves were made ahead of rookie camp, which begins on Friday. Thompson, who signed a futures contract with Minnesota in January, was a fifth-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 draft. The 24-year-old has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game. Lucas, 24, signed with the Vikings' practice squad in December after being released by the Buffalo Bills in September.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas drove in five runs, including a three-run homer, and Hector Santiago pitched six effective innings in his return from the bereavement list for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-4 victory against the Oakland A's on Wednesday. Santiago (3-1) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. The left-hander didn't miss a start but left the team following the death of his grandmother.
Retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is an excellent golfer and has some spare time these days, so he will try to qualify for the 2017 U.S. Open. Romo is one of more than 9,000 players who signed up for the U.S. Open. He is scheduled to play an 18-hole local qualifier Monday at Split Rail Links and Golf Club, which is outside Fort Worth, Texas. If Romo plays well enough in that event to advance, he would compete in sectional qualifying in June.
Former NBA All-Star guard Brandon Roy was wounded in a shooting over the weekend in the Los Angeles area but is expected to recover. Roy was treated in Southern California before returning to Washington state, where he is the boys' basketball coach at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School, according to King-TV in Seattle. USA Today reported Roy was shot in the leg while shielding some of the children who were at a gathering outside his grandmother's house.
MINNEAPOLIS—Miguel Sano continued his hot streak at the plate while right-hander Ervin Santana pitched another gem as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-1 on Tuesday at Target Field. Sano's two-run homer was one of six home runs hit by the Twins (13-11). Brian Dozier hit a pair while Jason Castro, Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer also cleared the fences.