Postgame: Arcia likely out after big swing

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:36
Twins' slugger wanted a second tape-measure homer; Fien was the fill-in closer; Hunter loves 'Septober'
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Peterson back on team, says he's not an abuser

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:43
Vikings star maintains he is “not a child abuser.” Radisson suspends team sponsorship as second incident surfaces.
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Twins rally from six runs down, only to lose on back-to-back homers

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:32
Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera homered off Casey Fien after the Twins came back against Max Scherzer and the Tigers bullpen.
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Houston TV station reports another Peterson discipline incident

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:37
Adrian Peterson was investigated in another incident where he injured one of his children in a discipline incident, according to Houston television station KHOU. Peterson, who was reinstated by the Vikings on Monday after sitting out Sunday’s game because of a criminal charge against him, was not charged in the incident reported by KHOU. The children in the two incidents have different mothers, the station reported. The station had text messages between Peterson and the mother of the child in the incident in June in Texas where Peterson admitted he hit the child while the child was in a car seat. Two pictures were texted between Peterson and the mother. One showed the child with bandages on his forehead, and the other showed a scar allegedly left by the cuts. The child’s mother allegedly filed a report with Child Protective Services, but the result of that was not known.
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Due process is a good thing, not a Vikings' excuse

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:05
Adrian Peterson's motive in this situation is not nearly as clear as was Ray Rice's. Let the investigation continue, and the player play.
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Vikings' RB Peterson releases a statement

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:39
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has released the following statement to the Star Tribune: My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.   I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.   I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.    I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen.  I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.   I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.  I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.   I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.   I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.
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More Q&A from new Minnesota recruit Jarvis Johnson's decision day

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:15
The three-star recruit touched on a number of subjects, as did his mother and high school coach.
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Vikings reinstate Adrian Peterson

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:33
The star running back is expected to play on Sunday at New Orleans. He was charged late last week on a felony count of injuring a child.
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Opposing views of Adrian Peterson from Cris Carter, Charles Barkley

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:33
One of the fundamental questions a lot of folks are wrestling with in the case of Adrian Peterson and charges of child abuse is this: did he act maliciously in a situation where there is no grey area, or can his behavior be explained (if not excused) by the environment he grew up in and a Southern culture many of us don’t know or understand? To us, the answer is probably somewhere in the middle, whereby Peterson is most definitely a product of a different environment and upbringing, but within that acceptance 1) there needs to be growth from generation to generation and an understanding that how he was punished growing up isn’t necessarily right and 2) even if we continue with the “this is how it is” leeway, within that construct he went well over the line with the extent of the punishment he doled out. Two prominent former athletes, both black, weighed in on both sides of the matter recently. We’ll give you a quick snippet of what each said on camera, with links to the full video. Said Charles Barkley: “I’m from the South. … Whipping, we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.” Said Cris Carter, talking about his upbringing: “My mom did the best that she could do … But there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong. This is the 21st century; my mom was wrong… And I promise my kids I won’t teach that mess to them. You can’t beat a kid to make them do what you want them to do.” Of course, Carter also said he was proud of the Vikings for de-activating Peterson. We’re assuming he’ll have more to say now that the Vikings have announced Peterson is expected to play next week. Your thoughts, as usual, in the comments.
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Monday (The re-emergence of Oswaldo Arcia) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:48
In another going-nowhere season for the Twins, the best fans can hope for are signs that certain players could be considered parts of the future. We found that out last year with Brian Dozier, who has leveled off this season after a powerful start but still projects to hit for above-average power while playing a very good second base for years to come. This year, we’ve seen flashes of it from Kyle Gibson. We’ve seen a very good first 350 ABs for Danny Santana and a very nice first impression from Kennys Vargas. The player we thought was primed for a breakout, though, was Oswaldo Arcia. Through the first half of the year, however, he was looking more like a bust than boom. Even now, his cumulative numbers are similar to his promising but uneven 2013 season. Yet still, there are numbers within numbers and trends within trends that suggest he’s starting to figure it out and re-emerge as someone whose bat could be a key part of the future. In has last 43 games, Arcia has 12 homers and a .551 slugging percentage. He’s still striking out too much, but his plate discipline is improving (see for yourself if you still have the stomach for these late-season games). Arcia had a hit and two walks on Sunday, bringing his season BB total to 29 — not a lot, but a number that could go up as Arcia (just 23 still) matures even more. We don’t ever see him as a .300 hitter. What we do see him as is a guy who can hit .250 with 25-30 HRs and enough walks to consistently post an OPS above .800. Even with his defensive shortcomings, that’s a positive player in the future. (His home run power and intensity, we should add, also make him the RandBall Better Half’s new favorite Twins player, joining a select group that includes only Eddie Guardado and Jim Thome. She desperately wants her nickname for him, O’do, to catch on). So while the Twins’ starting pitching remains a mess despite their efforts to address it this offseason — and the team will never get out of its funk until that is solved — the establishment of some young bats this season is a nice development that has helped lead to the astonishing stat that Minnesota is 6th in MLB in runs scored. We weren’t sure Arcia would wind up in that group, but he’s showing us down the stretch that he does, indeed, belong.
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Smiling fan sporting Peterson jersey and a switch is real attention grabber

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:30
Tailgater’s image makes it to the cover of the New York Daily News, ignites social media criticism.
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