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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota sports news from The Associated Press

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BALTIMORE (AP) - J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning to lead the Baltimore Orioles over the Minnesota Twins 12-8 yesterday. Caleb Joseph had a career-high four hits for the Orioles. Baltimore will seek to complete its first four-game home sweep of the Twins today.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 32 points as the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals yesterday. Diana Taurasi scored 23 for the Mercury. The Lynx are three-time defending Western Conference champions.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have claimed tight end MarQueis Gray and offensive tackle Mike Harris off waivers. Linebacker Larry Dean and offensive tackle Austin Wentworth were released yesterday to make room on the roster. Gray was a quarterback and wide receiver in college for Minnesota and after a position switch spent last season with Cleveland.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls sports journalist has authored a book on the first Minnesota Vikings team to go to the Super Bowl. "Last Kings of the Old NFL: The 1969 Minnesota Vikings" is Pat Duncan's first book. "Last Kings" is told through narrative and interviews with more than 30 players, coaches and others.

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