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CLEVELAND — Kyle Gibson won for the first time in 2 1/2 months Friday night, June 15, and Minnesota took advantage of a rare hiccup by Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, who had a pair of historic streaks come to a halt in the visiting Twins' 6-3 victory in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Twins snapped a two-game losing streak with their fourth win in the last 10 games. The Indians have lost three of four.
MINNEAPOLIS — Albert Pujols and Ian Kinsler hit home runs, and starter Tyler Skaggs pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Angels won their sixth straight game with a 2-1 victory over the host Minnesota Twins on Saturday, June 9, at Target Field. Pujols' solo shot in the sixth inning, his ninth of the season, tied him with Stan Musial for sixth place on baseball's all-time RBI list with 1,951.
MINNEAPOLIS—Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning Friday night as the visiting Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 at Target Field. Kinsler gave the Angels a 3-2 lead when he drove a 3-2 curveball from Ryan Pressly (0-1) into the left-field seats. It was Kinsler's seventh homer of the season and his fifth homer in the last 10 games. Martin Maldonado hit an RBI single in the second for the Angels, who did not get another hit until Maldonado doubled to left two batters before Kinsler homered.
MINNEAPOLIS — Eddie Rosario homered, Brian Dozier had two extra-base hits and two RBIs and Lance Lynn won his third straight start as the host Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Saturday, June 2. Rosario homered in a three-run third inning and Dozier had RBIs in the third and in a four-run sixth as the Twins won their second in a row after losing seven of the previous eight.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Busch had won 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but none of them was in NASCAR's top Cup Series. He emphatically crossed that off the list Sunday, May 27, dominating the sport's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, as few others have at any track. He led 377 of the 400 laps on his way to Victory Lane, and the win at CMS accomplished the rarest achievement: a Cup victory at each of the tracks currently NASCAR races on, making him the only driver to do so.
MINNEAPOLIS—Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Lance Lynn tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Minnesota Twins downed the slumping Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Tuesday night. Ehire Adrianza also hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and he scored twice, while Byron Buxton also scored two runs and drove in another. Lynn (2-4) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four. A trio of relievers completed the shutout. The Twins have won three straight following a three-game losing streak. They have given up just three runs during the upswing.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave homered in his second major-league at-bat, but Christian Yelich broke a late tie with a home run of his own Saturday night, May 19, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory. Jesus Aguilar bombed his third home run in two nights for the Brewers, who ran their interleague record to 5-1 with a second-consecutive win over the Twins.
CLEVELAND—LeBron James finished with 27 points and 12 assists to lead the host Cleveland Cavaliers sprung to life with a 116-86 win against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night, May 19. Kyle Korver had 14 points and Kevin Love added 13 with 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who lost the first two games of the series on the road in Boston. George Hill totaled 13 points, JR Smith had 11 and Tristan Thompson scored 10.
TAMPA, Fla.—A sterling start to each of the first two periods gave the Tampa Bay Lightning all the push they needed to win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, defeating the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night, May 19, at Amalie Arena. For the first time, the Lightning lead the series and take a 3-2 edge into Game 6 on Monday night in Washington. Cedric Paquette scored 19 seconds into the game and Ryan Callahan scored 33 seconds into the second period for the Lightning, which have won three games in a row.
BALTIMORE—Justify sped to the front out of the gate, battled with Good Magic until the turn for home, and pulled away in the stretch before holding off late-running Bravazo in the final strides to win the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday afternoon, May 19, at a foggy, muddy Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won has won all five of his career starts—three of them in the off-going, with all five of those wins over the past 17 weeks.