Minnesota Twins defeat Los Angeles Angels, 3-1

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire entered the weekend series against the Angels needing a well-played game so his team could remember the feeling.

They exited the weekend with a three-game sweep of Los Angeles, including their 3-1 victory Sunday. Things turned for the better with a seven-run rally on Friday and continued through Sunday, when lefthander Glen Perkins pitched eight four-hit innings at the injury-depleted Angels.

The victory gave the Twins a 4-3 homestand aft...

MINNEAPOLIS - Glen Perkins is making this look easy. Even a blistering comebacker off Bobby Abreu's powerful bat couldn't keep him from finishing off another fine start.

Perkins walked gingerly around the mound after the scary moment in the seventh, but passed the warmup test, pitched through the pain, and completed eight innings to guide the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the sputtering Los Angeles Angels.

"Trying to get...