The Sports Xchange
The Minnesota Twins activated left-hander Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list prior to the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. Perkins has yet to pitch this season as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 34-year-old has posted an 0-1 mark with a 6.14 ERA in eight rehab appearances in Minnesota's minor league system. A three-time All-Star, Perkins has notched a 35-25 record with 120 saves and a 3.83 ERA in 401 career appearances with the Twins.
Pro wrestling legend Ric Flair was in a medically induced coma prior to undergoing surgery Monday, according to news reports. TMZ, citing World Wrestling Entertainment, was first to report on Flair's condition and said the WWE Hall of Famer was out of surgery just before 4 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 14. Flair, 68, reportedly was dealing with a heart-related issue, but no update was provided on how the surgery went. Flair grew up in Edina, Minn., and attended a boarding school in eastern Wisconsin.
BROOKLYN, Mich.—Kyle Larson claimed his third consecutive win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday when he took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. on an overtime restart in the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. It was his third win of 2017. Furniture Row Racing teammates Truex and Erik Jones finished second and third, respectively. For Jones, it is the top-three tied his career-best finish. Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.
DETROIT—Byron Buxton's tie-breaking line single to center with one out in the eighth inning Sunday keyed a two-run rally that gave the Minnesota Twins a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Aug. 13, their seventh win in eight games. Reliever Bruce Rondon (1-3) threw nine pitches, just one a strike, at the start of the eighth and was yanked for Warwick Saupold after the two walks. Saupold gave up a sacrifice bunt and Buxton's RBI single to give the Twins a 5-4 lead. Ehire Adrianza followed with a sacrifice fly to left for a 6-4 edge.
DETROIT—Justin Upton drilled a walk-off, two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night to give the Detroit Tigers a 12-11 comeback victory over Minnesota that snapped the Twins' six-game winning streak. Mikie Mahtook lined a single to right-center field off reliever Matt Belisle (0-2) to start the ninth and Upton followed with his 22nd home run off a 2-1 fastball. Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead and trailed 11-6 in the seventh before mounting its comeback.
MANKATO, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings opened the preseason looking a lot like they did when they closed last season. And that's not good when it comes to the offensive line and its ability to protect quarterback Sam Bradford. Playing without starting left tackle Riley Reiff because of a lingering back injury, the Vikings' first-team offense gave up two sacks in the opening 7½ minutes of a 17-10 win at Buffalo. The first unit also mustered just one first down and didn't score in three possessions.
Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL on Friday, Aug. 11, for violating the league's personal conduct policy after multiple domestic violence incidents. Elliott has three days to appeal the suspension and is expected to do so, ESPN reports. The six-game ban is the penalty for first-time offenders of the league's new domestic violent policy. The suspension is scheduled to begin Sept. 2 and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on Oct. 23, one day after the team's Week 7 road game against the San Francisco 49ers.
MILWAUKEE — Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton had three hits each as the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park. Minnesota completed a four-game sweep of the teams' home-and-home interleague series. Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each finished with two of the Twins' 12 hits. Minnesota starter Dietrich Enns went 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut, allowing two runs, only one earned, on five hits.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Backup quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke led third-quarter touchdown drives to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night in Orchard Park. The Vikings improved to 13-1 in preseason games under coach Mike Zimmer, while the Bills didn't do much to impress in new coach Sean McDermott's preseason debut.
Former major league slugger and manager Don Baylor died Monday of cancer. He was 68. "Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life," his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement. Baylor, who played 19 seasons in his major league career and was the 1979 American League MVP, died at a hospital in his native Austin, Texas, after a 14-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Baylor played for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.