Milone wins Twins' fifth starter job to Pelfrey's dismay; Hicks sent to minors

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 13:39
Mike Pelfrey wonders if he got a fair shake after learning he would start the year in relief; Aaron Hicks is opening the year in Class AAA Rochester.
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Greenway agrees to pay cut to remain with Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:47
Chad Greenway will be back with the Vikings in 2015. The Vikings and the veteran outside linebacker have agreed to a restructured contract, a league source confirmed. Greenway has a new base salary of $3.4 million with $1 million guaranteed. He can make up to $4 million through bonuses, including $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses. By convincing Greenway to accept this pay cut, the Vikings created $3.225 million in cap space. Greenway was originally slated to make $7 million in 2015, the final year of his deal. But it seemed unlikely the Vikings would let the 32-year-old play at that salary, one of the highest on the team. At the end of the season, Greenway, the team’s 2006 first-round draft pick, said he was receptive to restructuring his deal so he could play at least one more season with the Vikings. But he also said that the role the team envisioned for him would have to make sense for him to take a pay cut. “It’s hard to be in a situation where you’re watching,” Greenway said at the time. “I’ve just never done that and I don’t really plan on it. I’m going to go somewhere I can compete to play. If you’re in a position where you had to go somewhere else, it’s a combination of those two things — where are you going to play and have success. I want to do that here.” Earlier this month, General Manager Rick Spielman said he wanted Greenway to stick around, too. “We’d love to have Chad Greenway back and finish [his career] as a Minnesota Viking,” he said. This is the second straight offseason in which Greenway has taken a pay cut to remain in purple. Last season, he sacrificed $1 million in base salary to keep his spot on the team. Greenway is one of the longest-tenured active Vikings players. He has played 125 games, all but one of them as a starter, for the Vikings. At one point, he had made 90 straight starts, most among NFL linebackers at the time, but the streak was snapped early in the 2014 season. In Week 4, Greenway, who had played a week earlier with a broken hand and three broken ribs, missed his first game since his rookie season. He sat out three straight before returning in Week 7 and climbed to the team lead in tackles by early December. But he hurt his knee in Week 16, ending his season and his chances of a seventh straight season of leading the Vikings in tackles. Still, Greenway’s six straight seasons were tied with Scott Studwell for the franchise record. According to the Vikings’ tracking, Greenway, a two-time Pro Bowler, has made 1,203 tackles on defense in his nine seasons in Minnesota, which ranks fourth in franchise history. Greenway, a leader on and off the field, has also made a major impact away from football. He won the NFLPA’s prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award this past year for his community work. He has also been recognized as the Vikings Community Man of the Year in both 2011 and 2014 for his charity work in the Twin Cities and his home state of South Dakota. Greenway was also voted by Twin Cities media as the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award winner in 2012. ESPN first reported this morning that Greenway had restructured his contract.
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Hicks won't be Twins' CF on Opening Day this year

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:02
Aaron Hicks was optioned to Rochester, along with another outfield candidate, Eddie Rosario. The decisions mean the Twins plan to use Jordan Schafer and Shane Robinson in center field, for now.
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Wild keeps focus, beats Flames 4-2

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:48
The Wild didn’t look past the Calgary Flames in anticipation for Saturday’s home game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.
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Mankato hockey looking to take another step in season of firsts

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:43
Athletes from all over are all in on MSU Mankato’s vision
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Harden makes case for MVP as Houston tops Wolves

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:33
James Harden scored 16 of his 33 points in the third quarter, and 31 of those in the first three quarters as the Rockets won their 49th game of the season.
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May shows look of runner-up for Twins' final rotation spot

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:14
After a Friday flop, he seems to have finished second in the race to be fifth starter..
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Gophers thumped out of NCAA regionals by Minnesota Duluth

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:43
The Gophers trailed 3-0 after the first period and never recovered against the Bulldogs, who won 4-1 and move on to play No. 1 seed Boston University in the NCAA Northeast regional.
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Twins' owner optimistic, and willing to spend

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:24
The Twins have "flexibility" to add to payroll if it's in contention later this summer, Jim Pohlad says
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Pregame: Gophers riding rare victory into NCAA tournament

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:30
The Gophers enter the NCAA tournament coming off a victory for the first time in eight years and are hoping to continue momentum.
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Kelm-Helgen's stadium role duplicates Mondale's, critics say

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:37
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair called the criticism “a big distraction.”
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Mikael Granlund tries to improve in faceoff circle; Granlund Brothers Round 2; Zucker, Carter, Prosser update

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:24
The Wild opens a five-game homestand tonight against Markus Granlund and the Calgary Flames.
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Electric bikes make inroads in the U.S.

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:53
They’re getting traction in the U.S., and helping some people stay on the road.
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