NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs after Dellin Betances loaded the bases in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees held on for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Chapman entered after Betances was booed off the mound for hitting Robbie Grossman with a pitch and issuing walks to pinch hitter Max Kepler and Brian Dozier.
The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with captain Mikko Koivu on Monday. The deal for the 34-year-old center is worth $11 million, Wild general manager Cliff Fletcher said in a statement. He is now under contract through 2019-20. Koivu has played all 12 of his NHL seasons with Minnesota after the club drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2001. He had 18 goals and 40 assists last season for his highest point total since 2010-11, and he compiled a career-best plus-27 rating.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings fans were reminded once again that too much prosperity has a way of causing the pendulum of purple pain to swing back extra hard. A week after quarterback Sam Bradford opened the season with a career-high 143.0 passer rating in a 10-point home win over the Saints, his playing status is uncertain after sitting out Sunday's 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh with swelling in the left knee he had reconstructive ACL surgery on in 2013 and 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS—Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar each hit solo homers, and J.A. Happ pitched into the seventh inning to propel the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Donaldson had three hits and two RBIs as Toronto came out on top in another close game. The Blue Jays have played 17 one-run contests in their last 31 games, going 8-9 in that span.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has an ailing left knee and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradford reportedly experienced pain and swelling in the knee after Monday's victory over the New Orleans Saints. He underwent an MRI exam the following day. The knee is the same one in which Bradford has undergone ACL surgery on two occasions -- in 2013 and 2014. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer refused to discuss the situation on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton hit his first career walk-off homer to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday at Target Field. Buxton hit a solo shot to left field off Blue Jays reliever Luis Santos (0-1) with two outs to send Twins fans home happy, one inning after they saw their team blow a lead in the ninth inning. Buxton's 15th home run of the season was arguably his biggest.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA's 2017 Most Valuable Player on Thursday. This is the first MVP award for the 31-year-old Fowles, who led the 27-7 Lynx to the league's best record and No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Fowles received 35 of 40 first-place votes and 385 points from a national panel of writers and broadcasters. Second-place finisher Tina Charles of the New York Liberty received three first-place votes and 199 points, and third-place finisher Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks got two first-place votes and 132 points.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario's two-run, two-out homer in the 10th inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Joe Mauer hit a one-out single, and Rosario followed with a towering homer to right field off rookie right-hander Phil Maton on a 2-0 count. Minnesota kept its hold on the second wild-card spot in the American League with its fourth walk-off win of the season.
Major League Baseball released its 2018 regular-season schedule on Tuesday with a wrinkle that hasn't been seen in 50 years. All 30 teams will begin their respective season on March 29, marking the first time in a half-century that every club opens play on the same day. The 1968 campaign began with all 20 teams in action. In addition, March 29 represents the earliest start to a major league season, excluding special international events. It also marks only the 12th time in league history -- and first since 2011 -- that the season will begin on a Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jorge Polanco's two-run, two-out single in a three-run ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Royals 3 1/2 games behind the Twins in the race for the second American League wild card. Minnesota is one game up on the Los Angeles Angels.