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SPORTS Wednesday, August 2, 2023

The Twins extended their lead in the AL Central with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in interleague play at Busch Stadium. Donovan Solano hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie, and Jhoan Duran worked around a one-out solo home run in the ninth to lock down his 18th save. Pablo Lopez earned his sixth win after giving up one run on four hits in six innings of work. Minnesota has a two-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central at 55-and-53.

The Twins are sitting on their hands at the trade deadline. Minnesota opted not to make a move before yesterday's deadline, with president of baseball operations Derek Falvey saying that the team had plenty of talks with teams that ended up not wanting to sell. In other team news, Dallas Keuchel opted out of his minor league deal with the team yesterday, and reliever Brock Stewart is set to have an MRI after suffering a setback in his most recent bullpen session.

The injury bug is starting to bite the Vikings. The team suffered three notable injuries during training camp yesterday. Wide receiver Trishton Jackson was carted off the field after hurting his knee while jumping up for a pass. Cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. also was helped off the field by members of the training staff. Finally, running back Alexander Mattison was limping after practice after getting hurt late in the day, although he told reporters that he "should be ok." In other team news, free agent guard Dalton Risner visited TCO Performance Center yesterday, but he left the Twin Cities without a contract.

A rough second quarter ultimately led the Minnesota Lynx to a 79-69 loss against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Lynx led by two after the first quarter, but they were outscored 23-14 in the second and trailed the rest of the way. Lindsay Allen led Minnesota with 16 points in the losing effort. The 13-and-14 Lynx host the Liberty on Friday.

The Packers are continuing to struggle on offense at training camp. Yesterday was the sixth practice of the summer and Bill Huber with says it was another day of post-practice humiliation for the offense. The losing side of a competitive period faces punishment dictated by the opposing unit, and the offense has lost every day of training camp. Jordan Love went 7-of-16 passing, which marks the fourth time in five full-speed practices he's flirted with 50-percent. A two-minute drill went nowhere for a second consecutive day. The Packers return to practice tomorrow.

The Brewers knotted up their series with the Nationals following a 6-4 victory from DC. Freddy Peralta earned the win after surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters over six innings. Devin Williams earned his 27th save of the season with a clean ninth inning. Brice Turang and Joey Wiemer each drove in a pair of runs for Milwaukee, which improved to 58-and-50. The Brew Crew are second in the NL Central. The Brewers will try to win the series this afternoon.

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