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MINNEAPOLIS —As a rainy afternoon turned into early evening, Denard Span said
everyone in the Twins dugout had the look of wanting someone to come through
with a clutch hit. Ray Rice Super Bowl Jersey . Span did just
that. He had an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning, giving Minnesota a
5-4, come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in the
longest game played at 2 1/2-year-old Target Field. “I was just trying to get us
to dinner,” Span said, smiling. Span and Jamey Carroll had four hits apiece for
the Twins, who rallied from a three-run deficit. Minnesotas bullpen pitched nine
shutout innings. Anthony Swarzak (1-4) worked a perfect 15th for the win in a
game that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes. Trevor Plouffe led off the 15th with a
single off Tim Dillard (0-2), and went to second on a single by Brian Dozier,
two batters later. Carroll then lined a single to right field. Plouffe ran
through a stop sign by third base coach Steve Liddle and was tagged out in a
rundown. Dozier advanced to third base during the play. Left-hander Juan Perez
came in to face Span, who hit the third pitch he saw between the first and
second basemen for the winning RBI. “That was probably my first walk-off since
the minor leagues,” Span said. “Definitely, a lot of fun.” He wouldnt have had
that opportunity if not for the scoreless efforts of Swarzak, Alex Burnett,
Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing and Jeff Gray. “Jeff Gray was the
pitcher of the game as far as Im concerned,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
The right-hander who had allowed six runs in his previous 4 2-3 innings over
four appearances, yet kept his game plan simple. “I just wanted to throw
strikes, try to get ahead, make my pitches and hopefully theyll put them in play
at our guys,” Gray said. “I was just trying to eat up as many innings as
possible without giving up some runs and hopefully we can score one.” Twins
catcher Joe Mauer left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised right
quadriceps. Hes day to day. “Im pretty stiff,” he said. “Its good timing for the
off day tomorrow.” Corey Hart connected for a three-run homer in the fifth to
give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead. Rickie Weeks and Nyjer Morgan each had three hits for
the Brewers. Minnesota had the bases loaded against Jose Veras in the 12th, but
Ryan Doumit grounded out to end the threat. Before that inning, the game was
interrupted by a 42-minute rain delay. It was the second time significant
showers fell during the game, but the first with the possibility of lightning
being present. Both teams had good chances to end it before the delay. The
Brewers had Carlos Gomez at second with one out in the ninth, but Aramis Ramirez
and Hart flew out to right field. Minnesota got Doumit to third base with two
outs in the 11th, but Span grounded out and the tarps were unrolled. “We both
could have won the game a lot earlier. Thats the way it goes,” said Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke. Down 4-1 in the seventh, and with the first wave of rain
having stopped, Minnesota got RBI singles from Carroll, Ben Revere and Mauer to
tie the game against Zack Greinke. In eight innings, Greinke allowed 12 hits and
four runs, striking out six—including Josh Willingham four times. Greinke
allowed more than one earned run for just the second time in eight starts. “Most
of their hits were on mistakes, just catching too much of the plate. They had a
good approach, not trying to do too much. When they stayed with what they were
given, they went up the middle and they hit the ball pretty well,” Greinke said.
With a light rain falling in the fifth, Hart hit a full-count pitch from
Nick Blackburn into the right field stands to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.
Blackburn, who has not pitched more than six innings in any of his 10 starts
this season, flirted with danger in every inning, but the Brewers failed to get
a key hit until Harts homer. Milwaukee left six runners on base in the first
four innings against Blackburn, who allowed nine hits in six innings. An RBI
single by Ramirez gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first. Milwaukee had an
excellent chance to extend that lead in the second when Weeks tripled with one
out. But he was thrown out trying to score on a grounder to third. The Brewers
had two on with one out in the third, but a diving stop by Justin Morneau led to
a double play. “A lot of things happened today; Im just glad we won the
ballgame,” Gardenhire said. NOTES: Twins closer Matt Capps missed the game as a
precautionary measure with right shoulder soreness. Gardenhire hopes Capps will
be ready when the Twins play at Pittsburgh Tuesday. The Twins are off Monday.
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Monday. The Brewers are scheduled to send Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.06) to the mound
against Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.87). ... Span doubled in the fifth to end an
0-for 14 stretch. ... Revere made a stumbling catch at the warning track in
right field to rob Norichika Aoki of an extra-base hit starting off the 11th,
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depth.TUCSON, Ariz. —By a fraction of a second, the Arizona Wildcats are still
unbeaten. Colorados Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer at the end of
regulation, but officials waved it off after reviewing the video and the
third-ranked Wildcats went on to win 92-83 in overtime on Thursday night. Some
replays indicated the shot was taken in time. Others showed that perhaps it
wasnt. “It came down to fingertips, maybe,” Chen said. Maybe. Chalk up another
heart-stopping victory for Arizona, following a 65-64 win over Florida on Mark
Lyons layup at the buzzer and 68-67 over San Diego State on Nick Johnsons late
block. “We have a great group of guys but we can get a lot better,” Johnson
said. “Weve escaped with some tough wins but were going to go back to practice
and get better.” This one—in the Pac-12 opener for both—was the most
improbable of all. Arizona (13-0, 1-0 Pac-12) outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over
the final 1:35 of regulation to force overtime. The Buffaloes (10-3, 0-1) missed
four of six free throws in that span. “We would have gotten what we deserved if
we had lost,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. When Chen banked in the 3-pointer,
it looked like that would be the outcome. But after huddling for several
minutes, the officials said no. Referee James Breeding told a television
announcer that the ball was on Chens fingertips when the lights around the
backboard went on. “If its the wrong call, Im really, really sick to my
stomach,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said, ” because we had guys in this locker
room that deserved to win that game.” Arizona outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over
the final 1:35 of regulation to force the overtime. The Buffaloes missed four of
six free throws in that stretch. The Wildcats were down by 17 points in the
first half and 16 with 12:40 to go in regulation. Askia Booker led Colorado
(10-3, 0-1) with 18 points. Arizonas 13-0 start is the second-best in school
history and best since the Wildcats won their first 16 in 1932-33. Chen scored a
career-high 15 points, 12 in the second half. Josh Scott scored 15 points and
Xavier Johnson had 13 for the Buffaloes, who beat Arizona by two points to win
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