MINNEAPOLIS—Kole Calhoun homered and Cameron Maybin stole home on a delayed steal in support of rookie starter Parker Bridwell's six scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Angels avoided a sweep with a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Calhoun had two hits and homered for the second straight day for Los Angeles, which snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in Minnesota in seven games dating back to 2015.
LaVar Ball and his family will be featured in a new Facebook reality series focused on his basketball-playing brood, including No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. Facebook is planning expanded video and streaming production, according to ESPN and Deadline.com, and the loquacious LaVar Ball has been heavily opinionated, becoming a polarizing figure within the NBA and beyond.
The Minnesota Wild re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Palmquist to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. Palmquist, 26, will make $726,000 in the NHL and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level. Palmquist totaled 21 points (two goals, 19 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 72 games with the AHL's Iowa Wild in 2016-17, leading team defensemen in games played, ranking second in assists and third in scoring.
The Minnesota Twins placed left-hander Hector Santiago on the 10-day disabled list with upper thoracic back pain and discomfort, the team announced Wednesday. The move is retroactive to July 3. Santiago, who spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a left shoulder strain, is 4-8 with a 5.63 ERA over 70 1/3 innings in 15 games (14 starts).
MINNEAPOLIS—Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning, giving Minnesota another quality start, and Byron Buxton homered among three hits as the Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon. Ehire Adrianza drove in two runs on sacrifice flies in his first game back from the disabled list for the Twins, who took the first two games of the series and have beat Los Angeles in nine of the past 12 meetings.
BOSTON—Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez each belted solo home runs, David Price threw seven quality innings, and the Boston Red Sox came from three runs down to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday night at Fenway Park. Betts hit his team-leading 13th homer of the season and finished with two RBIs on the night. Ramirez collected his 11th home run. Price (3-2) allowed three runs on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth to notch his American League-leading 22nd save.
BOSTON -- Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to back a strong outing from Adalberto Mejia in the Minnesota Twins' 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Mejia (3-3) tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out three. The 24-year-old left-hander has not given up a run in 10 2/3 innings over his past two starts. Miguel Sano also drove in his team-leading 53rd run of the season for Minnesota (40-36), which was outscored 13-3 in losing the first two contests of the four-game series in Boston.
Bo Butner's perfect start to Sunday's NHRA final round in Norwalk, Ohio, led to a perfect ending in the Pro Stock division. Butner timed the starting light perfectly — 0.000 seconds on the reaction time — to gain the early advantage over KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson of Duluth, and that was the difference in their duel. Butner's margin of victory was 0.001 seconds, earning him his third career victory. Anderson was denied his 89th such win. The win pushed Butner's season standings lead to 110 points over second-place Anderson.
MINNEAPOLIS—Matt Davidson had three hits, including a towering home run, while Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each supplied first-inning, two-run homers following a lengthy rain delay in the Chicago White Sox's 9-0 win against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Jose Quintana (4-8) enjoyed the run support to win his second straight start and Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak. The game was delayed for 4 hours, 50 minutes at the start because of persistent rain showers.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota starter Jose Berrios allowed two runs and four hits in eight strong innings and Miguel Sano's solo blast in the third inning gave the Twins the lead for good in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Berrios (7-1), who was 3-7 with an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts for Minnesota as a rookie, struck out eight and walked one. Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.