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MINNEAPOLIS—Catcher Willians Astudillo hit a two-run walk-off homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9, at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was just the 10th hit and third homer of the major league career for the 26-year-old Astudillo, who clobbered a 1-0 hanging slider off reliever Jason Hammel (2-13) deep into the bleachers in left-center field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kansas City right-hander Jorge Lopez pitched eight perfect innings before allowing a baserunner Saturday night, Sept. 8, and the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Lopez, in only his seventh career start, flirted with history, retiring the first 24 Twins he faced. Max Kepler led off the ninth and induced a walk on a 3-1 count to break up the perfect game bid. There have only been 23 perfect games recorded in major league history—the last one by Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012, against Tampa Bay.
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles came up with another goal-line stand against the Atlanta Falcons and eked out an 18-12 victory in an ugly, flag-filled affair to open the NFL regular season Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — A wealth manager already convicted of defrauding one former NBA star also stole $77 million from Kevin Garnett, and Garnett is suing his longtime accountant and accounting firm, saying they helped it happen. Garnett, who began and ended his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and also played for the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, is suing accountant Michael Wertheim and his firm, Welenken CPAs, for malpractice, saying they enabled Charles Banks IV to swindle Garnett by way of businesses in which they both held an interest.
HOUSTON—Alex Bregman homered for the fourth time in five games, and the Houston Astros completed a three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 9-1 win on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Bregman, who had his streak of consecutive games with a homer snapped at three on Tuesday despite hitting three doubles in the that game, knocked in five runs Wednesday. He smashed a two-run homer to left field with two outs in the second inning, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, and he added a three-run double in the eighth.
Jim Furyk announced Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as his first three captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The three will join the eight players who previously earned automatic spots on the U.S. team that will take on Team Europe at Le Golf National in France beginning Sept. 28. Furyk will announce his final captain's pick after this week's BMW Championship.
NORTON, Mass. — The doubts about Bryson DeChambeau, the quirky, uber-intellectual, newsboy-hat-wearing golfer from California, have all but disappeared thanks to the 24-year old's performances in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs. DeChambeau fired a 4-under-par 67 on Monday, Sept. 3, in the final round to post a two-shot victory in the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., his second win in the first two postseason events.
NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico shot a 6-under par 65 on Sunday, Sept. 2, to finish at 13 under and vault to a one-shot lead after the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. The event, limited to the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings, is the second of the playoff's four tournaments. Bryson DeChambeau fired an 8-under 63 on Sunday to tie the week's lowest score and is one shot off Ancer's pace, along with Tyrrell Hatton of England, who survived an up-and-down round to finish with a 69.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jurickson Profar, Robinson Chirinos and Nomar Mazara each hit two-run home runs in a nine-run sixth inning and Yohander Mendez picked up his first major league win by throwing six shutout innings as the Texas Rangers crushed the Minnesota Twins 18-4 on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 2, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mitch Garver drove in four runs and Jake Cave hit a tiebreaking two-run homer as the Minnesota Twins recovered from a six-run deficit to record a 10-7 victory over the host Texas Rangers on Friday night, Aug. 31, at Globe Life Park. Jorge Polanco contributed a two-run double as the Twins had 12 hits while winning for just the second time in seven games. Tyler Austin also homered and Max Kepler and Joe Mauer each had two hits.