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Two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury was named head coach of the Beijing Royal Fighters of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday. Marbury, a native New Yorker, was the No. 4 overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. After 13 years in the NBA with five teams, he moved abroad to continue his career in the CBA. He retired in February after winning three CBA championships.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Max Kepler's RBI single in the eighth helped Minnesota erase the second of a pair of three-run deficits as the Twins defeated the host Kansas City Royals 8-7 on Friday night. The Twins avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. The Royals lead the major leagues with 26 losses in games in which they held the lead at some point. They have been outscored 177-125 after the sixth inning this season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Glenn Sparkman allowed one run over seven innings and Alex Gordon had a two-run double as the Kansas City Royals snapped Jake Odorizzi's 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, June 20. It was the first loss since April 10 against Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets for Odorizzi (10-3) who entered the contest with an American League best 2.24 ERA. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk before departing after just four innings, throwing 80 pitches, 53 of which were strikes. He struck out two.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, and Brock Holt drove in three runs to help lead the Boston Red Sox to a 9-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night, June 19. Michael Chavis, Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez also had two hits apiece for Boston, which won for the seventh time in eight games. The only defeat in that span was a 4-3, 17-inning setback to the Twins on Tuesday.
Max Kepler singled with the bases loaded in the 17th inning to give the Minnesota Twins their first walk-off win of the season, 4-3 over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in Minneapolis. Kepler, who finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including a game-tying homer in the 13th inning, drove in Luis Arraez in the 17th. Arraez singled with one out off Brian Johnson (1-1) and the advanced to third on Eddie Rosario's third double of the game. C.J. Cron was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Mookie Betts was brought in as a fifth infielder.
MINNEAPOLIS -- J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rick Porcello threw seven shutout innings to outduel Jose Berrios and lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, June 17. It was a season-high sixth straight victory for Boston which also moved six games above .500 for the first time this season. Porcello (5-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight to pick up his first road victory in four decisions. Ryan Brasier pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his seventh save.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Daniel Vogelbach went 4-for-5 with a homer, and Seattle took advantage of three 10th-inning Minnesota errors to score three unearned runs and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night, June 12. Seattle's Dee Gordon had two doubles, including a ground-rule drive to left to open the 10th off reliever Tyler Duffey (1-1). Shed Long followed with a walk, and the two runners were then sacrificed to third by Dylan Moore.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marwin Gonzalez's go-ahead, two-out single highlighted a three-run eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, June 11. Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro each homered and Jorge Polanco went 3-for-3 with two doubles for Minnesota. Matt Magill (2-0) threw a scoreless inning of relief, and Trevor May, despite giving up back-to-back singles to open the ninth, battled back to record his first save.
DETROIT -- JaCoby Jones homered twice and drove in five runs and Christin Stewart also homered to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon, June 8. Jones finished 3-for-4 and also scored two runs and Miguel Cabrera, Gordon Beckham, Brandon Dixon and Harold Castro each added two hits for Detroit which snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in its last 15 home games.
DETROIT -- Nelson Cruz hit the go-ahead homer, Mitch Garver homered and drove in three runs and the Minnesota Twins topped the host Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Friday, June 7. Cruz has 18 career homers against the Tigers. Garver hit his 10th homer and C.J. Cron blasted his 14th this season for the Twins. Marwin Gonzalez added four hits and an RBI and Jorge Polanco extended his on-base streak to 22 games with two hits.