DETROIT (AP) — Willians Astudillo and Eddie Rosario fueled a four-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins dodged an injury scare from starter Jake Odorizzi to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 and move closer to an AL Central title. Odorizzi pitched two-hit ball through six innings but was pulled with a tight left hamstring after warming up for the seventh. The right-hander hadn’t allowed a hit since Harold Castro’s bunt single in the first. He says it was just a cramp and expects to be fine.
IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says a bye week did not help the Hawkeyes get injured players back on the field. Offensive tackle Alaric Jackson, defensive tackle Brady Rieff and four members of the secondary missed the win at Iowa State. None of them will be in the lineup on Saturday against Middle Tennessee State.
Ferentz says it will allow other players to step up.
Ferentz is confident the injured players will return at some point.
Ferentz says a letdown following an off week is always a concern.
The Hawkeyes are heavily favored in this game but Ferentz says every week there are shocking upsets.
Kickoff at Kinnick Stadium is set for 11 o’clock on Saturday morning, with the pre-game show at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO
AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says he likes the mentality of his team heading into the start of the Big 12 play at Baylor. Campbell says the Cyclones had their best week of practice heading into last week’s win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Campbell says all areas played well last week.
ISU beat Baylor 28-14 in a heated affair in Ames a year ago that included several ejections. Campbell does not anticipate any carry over.
Kickoff at Baylor on Saturday is scheduled for 2:30
CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa Panthers get ready for their third straight Big Sky Conference foe when they visit Weber State. UNI is coming off home wins over Southern Utah and Idaho State.
That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says the Panthers need to prepare for the altitude in Ogden, Utah.
Farley says because of the altitude the Panthers’ depth may be more of a factor.
Weber State is 1-2 with losses to San Diego State and Nevada.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have brought back a pair of familiar players, signing cornerback/punt returner Marcus Sherels and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell, a 2016 first-round draft pick by the Vikings, was cut at the end of training camp. Sherels was let go by New Orleans before the regular season. He’s the all-time franchise leader for Minnesota in punt return touchdowns and average, after playing nine years for the Vikings.
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