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Twins fall to Red Sox, can't complete sweep

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep, the Star Tribune said.

The Red Sox defeated the Twins 6-4, stopping a ninth-inning rally in which the Twins cut the lead from 6-1, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales earned his third victory of the season.

Josh Willingham hit his 28th home run of the season and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4 in the ninth, but Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves shut the door on the Twins to drop them to 47-61 on the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

The Twins had rallied for comeback wins two nights in a row before the loss on Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was booed by fans expecting a third straight blown lead when he walked to the mound to call Aceves into the game.

The loss prevented the Twins from earning their first sweep of the Red Sox in Boston since 1991, the Star Tribune said.

The Twins had gone 7-3 in their last ten games before the loss Sunday.

Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn took the loss as he gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings, the Star Tribune said. He gave up a two-run homer to Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

On a more positive note for Minnesota, Twins outfielder Ben Revere extending his hitting streak to 19 games with a single, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.


Man killed in Mall of America parking ramp

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The driver of a U-Haul truck was killed Friday at a Mall of America parking ramp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

The 52-year-old man drove the vehicle into a crossbeam, triggering a collapse of concrete that killed him, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. His passengers, a 45-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl were injured in the accident and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the driver misjudged the height of the crossbeam, driving the truck straight into it, the Star Tribune said. The man was pinned to his seat by the collapsing concrete.

A structural team was called to the scene after the accident on Friday to check the ramp's integrity, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. They ruled the parking structure was safe, and the ramp was reopened Saturday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, the accident was the first such incident at the Mall of America in its 20 years.

Twins complete sweep of Indians

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The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians to complete a three-game sweep of their division rivals, the Associated Press reported.

The Twins finished the sweep with a 5-1 victory Sunday, giving left-hander Bryan Duensing his second win of the season.

Duensing pitched six innings, giving up only five hits and one earned run before turning the game over to the bullpen, the Associated Press said.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that gave the Twins a 2-1 lead that they would not surrender.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The win elevated the Twins above the Kansas City Royal for last place in the AL Central division for the first time since April 29. The Twins improved to 43-58 with the win.

The loss dropped the Indians into third-place in the AL Central, six games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. The Twins outscored the Indians 34-12 for the series.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the seventh inning for Cleveland, but took a loss to fall to 8-10 on the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.

Liriano traded to White Sox for prospects

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The Minnesota Twins traded left-hander Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox late Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The Twins traded Lirianoo to Chicago for infielder Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez, who are both 23, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Liriano, 28, is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched. The last game he pitched for the Twins was against Chicago on Monday, a game in which he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

According to the Chicago Tribune, White Sox General Manager Kenny Smith said the team needed a starting pitcher due to
left-hander John Danks's shoulder injury, which may require season-ending surgery.

The Twins received two of Chicago's highest rated prospects in for Liriano, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. Escobar is batting .195 in 35 games for the White Sox this season. Hernandez is 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 games at Double A-Birmingham and Triple A-Charlotte this season.

St. Paul men accussed of prostituting two teen girls

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Two St. Paul men were have been charged with prostituting two teen girls at an Eagan, Minn., hotel, the Star Tribune said.

Giorgio J. Baymon, 25, and Brandon D. Barnes, 24, were both arrested and charged in Ramsey County District Court Thursday with sex trafficking of minors, the Star Tribune said.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, photos of the two girls in erotic poses were posted in a want ad on Backpage.com on April 29. The girls began receiving calls from men and one of the girls, 17, said she had sex with at least three men.

Police found some of the erotic pictures posted on the website stored on Baymon's cellphone and the account used his email address, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

A 16-year-old girl also said the men threatened them with handguns when he girls were taken to the hotel room, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Both Barnes and Baymon are ineligible to possess guns due to prior convictions, including a 2008 shooting outside a Maplewood, Minn., nightclub, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Police have also arrested an Elko man, Mickey Cupkie, 36, for engaging in prostitution with the two girls, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

The St. Paul City Council approved a new financing proposal Wednesday for a new ballpark in Lowertown, the Star Tribune reported.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a financing plan for a new $54 million ballpark for the St. Paul Saints.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the city will contributed $17 million to the plan while the Saints will give $10 million. The city applied for a $27 million loan from the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development to cover the remaining $54 million.

The city's $17 million contribution will come from bonds, relocation funds from other projects and Sales and Tax Revitalization Grants, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. The bonds will be paid in $625,000 increments each year for 25 years.

City council members said they wanted for time to look over the proposal, but said the ballpark had been talked about for years and discussed on many occasions, the St,. Paul Pioneer Press said.

A man and woman were killed Saturday in an apparent-murder suicide in Apple Valley, Minn., the Star Tribune reported.

According to witnesses, the man chased the woman through a parking lot early Saturday morning at an Apple Valley apartment complex and shot her several times with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself, the Star Tribune said.

The names of the victims have not been released, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. They had a previous relationship and had two children together.

The woman lived in the apartment complex with her two children and the man lived in Eagan, Minn., the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. The children were placed in protective custody.

Police searched the man's home in Eagan and his BMW found at the scene of the shooting for evidence, the Star Tribune said.

Ex-Viking's wife sentenced to 41 months in prison

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The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser was sentenced to 41 months in prison Monday for killing a chef in a hit-and-run accident in Minneapolis last August, the New York Daily News said.

Amy Senser, 45, apologized the the family of Anousone Phanthavong, whom Senser killed in a hit-and-run crash on Aug. 23., on Monday, shortly before a judge rejected her request for probation and sentenced her to a 3 1/2 year prison sentence, the Star Tribune reported.

Hennepin County Judge Daniel Mabley said Senser did not take responsibility for the crash that killed Phanthavong, the Star Tribune said. Mabley said, however, that Senser showed remorse during the trial and gave her the shortest sentence possible.

Senser was convicted in May on charges of two felony counts of vehicular homicide.

According to the New York Daily News, Senser said she never saw Phanthavong before she hit him while he was on the side of the road, filling his car with gas. Senser never reported the accident and did not talk to police until an investigation of the accident led to her.

Joe Senser did not attend the sentencing, the Star Tribune said.

Amy Senser was taken into custody at the Woman's Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minn., where she will serve the majority of her sentence, the New York Daily News said.

The Lake Superior Zoo will finally reopen on Friday after it was damaged by heavy flooding three weeks ago, the Star Tribune reported.

The zoo sustained heavy damage last month after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in the zoo, damaging several exhibits and killing 11 animals in the process, the Star Tribune said.

The flooding also damaged the enclosures for two harbor seals and a polar bear, allowing the animals to escape temporarily before being recaptured and sent to Como Zoo in St. Paul, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Star Tribune, the flood did not damage the zoo's main building, primate center or Australia exhibit. The barnyard exhibit, which housed the 11 animals killed in the flood, will reopen and plans to get more animals later in July.

Cleanup operations have been underway since the flood waters receded, with over 300 volunteers working on weekends to restore the zoo, the Star Tribune said. Zoo officials originally hoped to reopen the zoo by the Fourth of July, but those estimates were made before they realized the extent of the damage.

Adrian Peterson arrested in Houston

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Adrian Peterson was arrested Friday night after police said he pushed a police officer and resisted arrest at a nightclub in Houston, the Star Tribune said.

Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with resisting arrest Saturday morning after he allegedly shoved and yelled at an off-duty police officer at Live! at Bayou Place in Houston, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

According to the Star Tribune, Peterson and a group of people were sitting at the bar of the nightclub at 2 a.m. when the off-duty police officer, who was working security, asked them to leave because the bar had closed. Peterson allegedly pushed the officer, and was immediately handcuffed and arrested by two other officers at the scene.

Peterson spent the night in a Houston jail before being released on $1,000 bond a few hours later, the Star Tribune said.

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