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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Max Kepler and the Minnesota Twins are going into the All-Star break playing their best baseball.Kepler hit the first grand slam by the Twins this season, one of their four homers in a 15-5 win Sunday at the AL-leading Texas Rangers. While still in last place in the AL, Minnesota has won seven of its last nine games.We always talk about trusting the process, but when you get good results and win games, you understand how enjoyable it is to go out there and compete and come out and win games, manager Paul Molitor said. Id like to think that these guys are hungry to win as many games going forward. Thats kind of an understatement. It should be the mindset all the time.Minnesota (32-56) won three of four at Texas after taking the last two games of its home series against the Rangers the previous weekend.Keplers slam with two outs in the fifth off A.J. Griffin (3-1) put the Twins up 6-0. It was the first career grand slam for Kepler, and seventh homer in his last 20 games.Were just having fun. Everybodys laughing before the game, enjoying themselves as much as they can. Picking each other up, Kepler said. When you have fun like that, you forget about the bad at-bats and all the negative swings you take or whatever it is.Kennys Vargas hit a towering shot to center in the fourth for the games first run. Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier added back-to-back homers in a seven-run seventh for the Twins.Minnesota has hit 29 homers the last 15 games, and the Twins 140 runs since June 18 are the most in the majors.Tommy Milone (2-2) struck out three and walked three. The left-hander was out of the game after walking Adrian Beltre to start the sixth, and Ryan Rua promptly grounded into a double play against reliever Taylor Rogers.Texas (54-36) still has the ALs best record but has lost nine of 12. Its AL West lead has dwindled from 10 games to 5 1/2 over Houston, still the largest ever for the Rangers at the break, but their smallest since June 14.There are points in the season where they dont look so well, dont feel so well. Today capped all that off. Hopefully, thats the bottom, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. Theres some times when youre not playing well, you kind of hope for a rainout. We get a four-day rainout.Minnesota matched its season high with 18 hits after also having 18 in the series opener Thursday night. Robbie Grossman, Eddie Rosario and Kurt Suzuki, the Nos. 6-8 batters, each had three hits, and No. 9 batter Escobar had two hits.Its great to score 15 runs. Its a good way to end the half, Grossman said. Weve been playing some good baseball. Well recharge in the next couple of days and get back after it.OFF THE BASE -- BARELYRosario, coming off a four-hit game for the Twins on Saturday night, clearly slid into second base ahead of the tag in his first at-bat in the second inning Sunday. Banister asked for a replay review, which showed Rosarios foot just briefly lost contact with the bag while 2B Rougned Odor was still applying a tag. The safe call was overturned for the second out, and Suzuki then had what was an inning-ending flyball instead of a likely sac fly to leave Grossman stranded at third base.SHORT HOPSVargas had his third homer in six games since being called up July 4. ... Odor had two errors in the eighth.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: CF Byron Buxton missed his second game because of a bruised right knee sustained in the first inning Friday night when he crashed into the wall. Buxton was available, but Molitor wanted to give Buxton more time to get him back feeling good instead of playing just one more game before the All-Star break.Rangers: RHP Keone Kela (right elbow) was scheduled to pitch in relief at Double-A Frisco for the second consecutive game Sunday night. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rangers after the All-Star break.UP NEXTTwins: Minnesota opens a three-game series Friday at home against AL Central-leading Cleveland.Rangers: After the All-Star break, the Rangers open a 10-day, nine-game road trip Friday with an interleague series at the Chicago Cubs. Nike Shoes Black Friday Sale .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Nike Shoes Black Friday China . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. http://www.nikeshoesblackfriday.com/ . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. Wholesale Nike Shoes Black Friday . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. Fake Nike Shoes Black Friday . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. LUCKNOW --- India came from a goal down to beat Australia 4-2 via a shoot-out and enter the final of the junior hockey World Cup after 15 years here on Friday. The hosts, who last won the junior World Cup in 2001 in Hobart, will face Belgium in the summit clash on Sunday.India scored two field goals in the second half through Gurjant Singh (42nd minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th) after Australia took the lead through Tom Craig (14th).But they conceded a soft goal and Lachlan Sharp (57th) drew level for Australia to take the match into a shoot-out after both the teams were locked att 2-2 at the end of regulation time.ddddddddddddIn the shoot-out, goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya made two saves to deny Australias Matthew Bird and Sharp. For India, captain Harjeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Sumit and Manpreet (Jr) found the back of the net past the Australian goalkeeper.Earlier in the day, Belgium stunned six-time champions and title holders Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the first semi-final to enter the tournament final for the first time. ' ' '

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