Fuld, Hughes lead Twins past Mariners 2-0
SEATTLE (AP) - Minnesota's Phil Hughes pitched into the eighth inning, Sam Fuld barely cleared the wall with his second home run of the season and the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Hughes rebounded from being knocked around in his previous two starts to shut down the Mariners. Hughes gave up eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in silencing Seattle's stagnant offense.
A night after Fuld could not pull back Michael Saunders' home run, the roles were reversed. Fuld hit a 3-2 pitch from Seattle starter Chris Young beyond the wall in right and just out of the reach of Saunders for the solo shot in the fifth inning. It was the first homer for Fuld since April 10. He finished with three hits and two stolen bases.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Moore scores 30 to lead Lynx past Sparks, 82-72
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 16 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 82-72 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.
Lindsay Whalen added 16 points for Minnesota, which improved to 8-1 at home.
Jantel Lavender scored 17 points and Candace Parker added 16 for Los Angeles, which closed the third quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 59-56 lead.
Moore, announced the top vote-getter in All-Star balloting earlier in the evening, then took over for the defending champions.
Nneka Ogwumike led all rebounders with 14 for the Sparks, who lost their second game in a row.
Ricky Nolasco hits DL with elbow strain
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have placed struggling right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.
The Twins announced the move on Tuesday, one day after Nolasco left the team in Seattle to return to Minnesota for an examination.
The Twins signed Nolasco in the offseason to a four-year, $49 million deal to bolster one of the league's worst starting rotations. But he is Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Nolasco told the Twins on Monday that he has been pitching through discomfort in his elbow all season.
The Twins recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. They have not announced how they will replace Nolasco in the rotation.
WNBA ALL-STAR STARTERS
Moore, Delle Donne top WNBA All-Star vote getters
NEW YORK (AP) - Minnesota star Maya Moore is the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game.
She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa's Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles' Candace Parker.
Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, earning her second straight trip to the All-Star game. She became the first rookie to lead the league's All-Star balloting last year, but wasn't able to play after she suffered a concussion a few days before the game.
Delle Donne is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once for Chicago in the past 10 games.
New York's Cappie Pondexter, Indiana's Tamika Catchings, and Atlanta's Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry round out the rest of the East starters for the July 19 game in Phoenix.
HOME RUN DERBY
Bautista, Tulowitzki add to HR Derby lineups
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have announced three members of their respective teams for Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field.
Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who was last year's Derby winner, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins.
Tulowitzki will have Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who entered Tuesday leading the National League in homers, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier on his side.
The final competitor in each league will be announced on Thursday.
Baseball announces umpires for All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Cederstrom is going to be the home plate umpire for next week's All-Star game at Target Field in Minnesota.
Cederstrom also will serve as the crew chief in his second career All-Star game. He was the third base umpire for the 2003 game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Jeff Nelson (first base), Bob Davidson (second base), Scott Barry (third base), Todd Tichenor (left field) and Vic Carapazza (right field) also have been assigned to this year's Midsummer Classic. Jerry Layne will serve as the replay official based in New York.
Major League Baseball announced the umpires on Tuesday.
The official scorers for the game will be Stew Thornley, Gregg Wong and La Velle Neal, the president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Wolves sign 1st-round pick Zach LaVine
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed first-round draft pick Zach LaVine.
The Timberwolves announced the signing on Tuesday on the second day of a camp to prepare LaVine and others for the team's summer league competition in Las Vegas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
LaVine was the 13th overall pick out of UCLA last month. He averaged 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds as a freshman last season. But the Timberwolves believe LaVine's versatility and athleticism will eventually make him an impact player in the NBA.
Team president and coach Flip Saunders called LaVine "exceptional" after the team's first workout on Monday and says he has no doubt the 19-year-old can play both guard positions.
Wild to begin digital ticketing for season tickets
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild say digital ticketing will replace paper tickets for season ticket holder starting in the upcoming season.
Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka says the time is right to make the move. Majka says fans have become accustomed to using online and mobile technology.
Season ticket holders will receive a smart card, the size of a credit card, that contains all of their account information. The card will be scanned when the fan enters Xcel Energy Center.
The team says digital ticketing includes fast, convenient online forwarding, with no forwarding fees. Fans can't grab the wrong game tickets by mistake, or hand over the wrong tickets to friends and family.
The Wild say digital ticketing also will help reduce printing and paper waste.
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