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White Sox stop 8-game losing streak with win vs. Twins

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Twins starter Louie Varland finished five innings with two runs allowed.

MINNEAPOLIS — September call-up Mark Payton had two hits and an RBI and scored the go-ahead run for Chicago in the eighth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday that stopped an eight-game losing streak for the White Sox.

Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save for the White Sox, who moved one game ahead of the Twins for second place in the AL Central. Cleveland clinched the division last weekend.

Both the White Sox and the Twins were mathematically eliminated from the wild card race on Wednesday by Seattle’s win. The three-game series that the Twins and White Sox play next week in Chicago to wrap up the regular season was made irrelevant earlier this month as both teams stumbled down the stretch.

The Twins lead 9-7 in the season series with the White Sox, whose losing streak had matched their season high.

Nick Gordon had a two-run double for the Twins in the first inning, but dropped a lazy pop-up to second base by Payton for a two-base error in the eighth. Payton moved up on a wild pitch before José Abreu ripped an RBI double off Caleb Thielbar (4-3) for the lead.

Lucas Giolito lasted five innings with two runs allowed in his 29th start of the season for the White Sox, reducing his ERA to 5.00 — the lowest since mid-August — in what has been disappointing year for the 2019 All-Star to mirror the underachievement of the whole team.

Reynaldo López (6-4) pitched the seventh for the victory.

Twins starter Louie Varland finished five innings with two runs allowed. The 24-year-old, who played high school and college ball in the Twin Cities, made his fourth career start.

Varland lost a 2-0 lead when fellow rookie Matt Wallner made a risky dive for a sinking line drive to right field in the third inning and missed the catch as the ball bounded past him for an RBI triple by Romy Gonzalez.

The relay throw home beat Josh Harrison, but it was up the first base line and Harrison got his hand on the plate before the tag attempt by catcher Gary Sánchez. Payton followed with the tying single, his first hit and RBI with his hometown team.

The 30-year-old was born in Orland Park, Illinois, and went to St. Rita High School in Chicago. He was drafted three times, first by the Twins in 2010 and last by the New York Yankees in the seventh round in 2014 out of the University of Texas.

Andrew Vaughn put the White Sox in front on a sacrifice fly against Griffin Jax, but Jimmy Lambert gave the lead up when Sánchez walked, pinch-runner Billy Hamilton stole two bases and pinch-hitter Ryan Jeffers drove him in with a bunt single.

LAST ONE

The Twins announced an attendance of 23,397, and finished their 13th year at Target Field with an official season total of 1,801,128. That’s their lowest for a full schedule unaffected by the pandemic since 2001, when they drew 1,782,926 at the Metrodome. The per-game average this year of 22,236 ranks 20th in the major leagues.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada was on the bench for the second straight game with a bruised right foot from the foul ball that hit him there on Tuesday, but acting manager Miguel Cairo said he expects him to play again before the end of the season.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton was in the clubhouse before the game on crutches, recovering from the arthroscopic cleanup surgery he had on his right knee on Tuesday. Buxton played in 92 games this season, tying the second most of his career. He played in 140 games in 2017.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Davis Martin (2-5, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound to begin a three-game series at San Diego on Friday. The Padres have not announced a starter yet.

Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (12-8, 3.70 ERA) pitches on Friday to start a three-game series at Detroit. LHP Tyler Alexander (4-10, 4.68 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers.

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Flooded roads slow St. Paul drivers

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A Flash Flood Watch was issued for parts of the metro through early afternoon.

MINNEAPOLIS — A cloudburst over the Twin Cities reminded drivers to slow down on Sunday morning. 

Flooding was reported on several roads in St. Paul and West St. Paul. MnDOT traffic cameras showed water over the road on I-35E near the 7th Street Exit. 

In West St. Paul, KARE 11’s cameras caught water flowing over Oakdale Avenue between Wentworth Avenue and Mendota Road. Public Works officials said construction in the area led to storm drain blockages. 

Two vehicles were towed. 


Other posters on social media shared videos of flooded roads around West St. Paul. 

Just before 11 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Dakota and Ramsey Counties, including St. Paul, Maplewood, Eagan and other neighboring communities until 12:45 p.m. 

The storms dumping rain on the metro are forecasted to clear out by Sunday afternoon. Wet weather will stay in the forecast through Tuesday. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” on flooded roads. Six inches of water will reach the undercarriage of most vehicles and can cause stalling. As little as a foot of water will float many cars and trucks. 

Driving on a closed road can cost you up to $1,000 in fines or 90 days in jail in Minnesota. 





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Local reactions to Biden dropping out of the 2024 race

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Lawmakers posted their well-wishes to the President on Sunday after he announced he would not seek reelection, endorsing VP Kamala Harris.

ST PAUL, Minn — On Sunday, President Joe Biden announced on social media that he would not seek reelection in the 2024 election. Across social media and across the state, reactions poured in. 

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz called President Biden a hero. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar shared a picture of herself and the president. 

In a statement shared with the press, Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin said in part:

“As we thank President Biden for his service and for everything he has done for our country, we must also look ahead to the existential stakes in November. Our party must now rally behind Vice-President Harris and emerge as a united front ready to defeat Donald Trump.”

RELATED: Reactions to Joe Biden dropping out of the presidential race pour in

Minnesota Attorney General Keither Ellison noted that Biden put his country over his personal ambition: 

Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy released the following statement on Sunday: 

“Joe Biden is an extraordinary president. I’m grateful for his investments in our freedom and prosperity. America is strong for his leadership. With a full heart, thank you Mr. President.

Our future rests in our hands, the people of this country. Our fight for our families, communities, our freedom and America’s democracy are the work of this election. I have faith in what we will accomplish when we work together.”

RELATED: No, Kamala Harris will not automatically replace Biden as presidential nominee





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Crews cleaning up after train derails in Big Lake

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On Saturday, 15 cars piled up on the tracks near Big Lake, slowing drivers and canceling trains to Minneapolis.

SHERBURNE COUNTY, Minn. — After a train carrying consumer goods went off the track in Sherburne County, railroad officials said crews are getting closer to clearing away the resulting mess. 

On Sunday, officials with BNSF said Main Track 2 returned to service Sunday morning. They anticipate Main Track 1 will open later on Sunday night. 

For a second day, Metro Transit said the Northstar service to the Twins game at 12: 05 p.m. is canceled. No replacement bus service is available. 

Early on Saturday morning, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office said a BNSF train derailed near 197th Avenue and County Road 14 around 3:15. No injuries were reported and officials said there was no threat to the public. 

Near Big Lake, 172nd Street Northwest was blocked between 197th Avenue and County Road 14. 

RELATED: Train derails in Sherburne County





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