MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gary Sanchez had three hits including a mammoth home run, J.A. Happ tossed six shutout innings and the New York Yankees continued their mastery of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-2 win. The Yankees increased their lead over idle Oakland to three games for the first AL wild-card spot. New York has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, including last year’s wild card game. The Yankees are 20-4 in the teams’ last 24 meetings. Happ allowed six hits and struck out three.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings, the final stage in the comeback is complete. Eleven months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee, Cook finished the ever-important experience of a game that counts without any setbacks. In case there were any questions about whether the Vikings would ease him back in, Cook was on the field for 80 percent of the snaps in the season opener. He had 16 carries for 40 yards and caught six passes for 55 yards in the 24-16 victory over the 49ers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent forward Luol Deng, the latest former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Deng’s one-year deal is for $2.4 million. He will join former Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose in Minnesota. They all played for Thibodeau with Chicago, too. Deng debuted with the Bulls as a 19-year-old in 2004, when the native of South Sudan was the seventh overall pick in the draft out of Duke.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Rodney Smith will miss the remainder of the season because of an injury to his left knee. Smith was hurt on the third play of the game against Fresno State at the end of an 11-yard gain on a screen pass. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck says the team will request a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility for 2019 for Smith. He is seventh in program history with 2,959 career rushing yards. The Gophers host Miami (Ohio) this weekend.