Castillo, Valbuena help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) - Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday.
Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs and Jacob Turner won in just his second start for Chicago after being acquired from Miami last month. The right-hander allowed just one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.
Soler became just the third player in the last 100 years to have at least one extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors. Will Middlebrooks did it for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and Enos Slaughter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938.
Jimmy Nelson, who was called up from the minors to make the start, took the loss.
Mauer has 4 RBIs to lead Twins over Orioles, 6-4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Joe Mauer drove in four runs, Phil Hughes held Baltimore without an earned run over eight innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Orioles 6-4 Monday to avoid a four-game sweep.
Nelson Cruz hit his major-league leading 36th home run and Nick Hundley had a three-run shot for the AL East-leading Orioles, who lost for only the second time in eight games.
Mauer tripled in two runs in the sixth inning and added a two-run single in the eighth to put Minnesota ahead for good.
Hughes gave up five hits, no walks and three unearned runs. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer in five of his last six starts.
Glen Perkins gave up a leadoff homer to Cruz in the ninth before getting three straight outs for his 33rd save.
Twins to add Pinto, 7 others to roster
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Minnesota Twins intend to add eight players to their roster, including catcher Josmil Pinto and four pitchers.
The moves were announced Monday before Minnesota concluded a four-game series at Camden Yards. The players were expected to join the team Tuesday, when the Twins host the Chicago White Sox.
Those recalled from Rochester were left-hander Logan Darnell, right-hander Michael Tonkin and outfielders Chris Herrman and Aaron Hicks.
Minnesota also selected the contracts of right-handers Lester Oliveros and A.J. Achter, along with infielder Doug Bernier.
The Twins had been playing with just three position players on the bench.
Manager Ron Gardehire said: "We need some bodies. This will be huge to get a bunch of fresh people in here."
Renovated Vikings defense ready to play for real
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have been remaking their defense since Mike Zimmer took over this season as head coach.
They've made several changes to the lineup, with seven new starters in their base scheme. Their system is a lot different, too, using more man-to-man coverage, blitzing and disguises than in the past.
Improvement on last year will hinge on many of those offseason acquisitions and recent promotions. The Vikings gave up the most points in the NFL in 2013.
Several spots were still in competition into the final exhibition game: middle linebacker, strong safety and nickel cornerback. Zimmer said after practice Monday he's decided which players will start at those positions, but he declined to announce them.
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