Guest post: MLS inevitable for Minnesota? Don't be so sure

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:11
SoccerCentric guest columnist Wes Burdine disagrees: Major League Soccer is by no means guaranteed for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
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Thursday (Kevin Correia has been as advertised) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:42
It was fashionable before the 2013 season to rip the Twins for signing starting pitcher Kevin Correia. He wasn’t quite a journeyman, having pitched for three teams since making his debut in 2003, but he was a classic low-upside, pitch-to-contact guy. There was nothing special about any of his previous seasons. For two years and a relatively modest $10 million total, the Twins were banking on getting a rotation filler: a guy who would take the ball every fifth day and grind his way through six innings. How you view that kind of pitcher likely shaped how you felt about the signing. A rotation with five Kevin Correias is not going to be very good. A rotation where Kevin Correia is arguably your best starter — as was the case in 2013 — is almost certainly not going to be very good. But we’ve seen Correia make 48 starts now for the Twins spanning one-and-a-half seasons. We would describe him as this: credible, and as-advertised. Wednesday was the perfect example of what he brings to the table: Correia teetered on the brink of a huge inning in the second but managed to give up just two runs to the Royals in the frame. Those turned out to be the only two runs allowed in a solid six innings, and the fact that he lost his 10th game of the year was through very little fault of his own. His ERA for the season is below 5 now, and it’s more like 3.50 over his last nine starts after a rough opening stretch. He hasn’t been the Twins’ best starter this season; Phil Hughes and Kyle Gibson have been much better, while the Twins should hold out hope that Ricky Nolasco’s end-of-year numbers are better than Correia’s numbers. In a perfect rotation, there is no Correia. But as imperfect as the Twins pitching has been in recent years, they could have done a lot worse than signing a guy who has been very much as-advertised.
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Believing and pretending with Gardenhire's Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:52
After a couple years of wondering whether he still should be managing the Twins, Ron Gardenhire has kept a troubled team together through the first half of 2014.
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Vikings' lead scout had interesting journey to new position

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 22:21
Jamaal Stephenson’s route to the Vikings had stops in the Ivy League and fashion industry.
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Newest Lynx player is family's star

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 22:19
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Cretin's Cornell picks Ohio State, says U was sixth on his list

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 22:07
Defensive end Jashon Cornell said he dropped the Gophers out of his top five.
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Injury comes at worst time for Mauer

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 21:58
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Hartman: Wild owner, GM work out Vanek deal

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 21:15
Craig Leipold and Chuck Fletcher deserve credit for bringing in the former Gopher at a decent price.
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Postgame: Twins' offense, Correia, Pelfrey

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:31
The Twins have lost seven of their last nine games, are beat up and not hitting
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Late addition to Gophers' 2014 recruiting class isn't coming, after all

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:06
Ra'Shaun Croney, a defensive back from Florida, was a late addition to this year's Gophers class but won't be eligible.
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Wild's updated 2014-15 depth chart; Report: Wild interested in Steve Ott

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:01
Steve Ott once fought Cal Clutterbuck twice in the same game after Ott took a run at Josh Harding. Plus a look at the team's curreent depth chart.
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Lynx stress defense in Wednesday's practice

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:16
San Antonio, the best 3-point shooting team in the WNBA, is at Target Center on Thursday.
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What if Twitter existed: The 1991 World Series

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:12
A week ago, we had this idea: create a series of posts based on events in the past and imagine how they might have “blown up Twitter,” as the kids like to say, if Twitter had been around then. You gave us several very good suggestions for ground to cover. The next step was coming up with a format, and we decided on this: creating a cast of fictional mostly Minnesota-based Twitter characters, with fake tweets, to cover the five biggest moments of each event we pick. With that in mind, our first topic is the 1991 World Series: HRBEK PULLS GANT OFF THE BAG Average Minnesota guy: THAT’S WHY WE LOVE U HRBIE!!!! Minnesota guy who makes obvious jokes: Is this wrestling or is this baseball? Who cares, I love it! Minnesota fan who never sees it the other way: Gant’s momentum obviously carried him off the bag. Good call. #noharmnofoul BRAVES WIN GAME 4 ON JERRY WILLARD SAC FLY Average Minnesota guy: JERRY WHO? #ComeOn Minnesota guy who takes things too seriously: Jack Buck? More like Joke Buck. Pretty close play at the plate to say it’s “gonna be a winner.” Sports business guy: Jerry Willard wasn’t even on the Braves’ opening day roster and is making the MLB minimum. #value PUCKETT’S HOME RUN WINS GAME 6 Minnesota fan who thinks mashing on the keyboard is a funny way to show excitement: aklsdjfkl;jasdfkl;jsdfnsdaklf;sdnfkl;aklsdjfdsaas 99 percent of Minnesotans on Twitter: I can’t take another night of this. LONNIE SMITH/CHUCK KNOBLAUCH PLAY Legitimately clever Minnesotan: They call Lonnie Smith “skates,” and that was an awkward power stop.  #hotsportstakes #hotsportsskates Minnesotan who had no idea of the future: I will 4ever love Chuck Knoblauch after that play. #rookieoftheyear GENE LARKIN WINS IT IN THE 10TH INNING OF GAME 7 RandBallsStu: I need a drink and a cigarette. Carefully composed tweet guy: The first six heart attacks were totally worth the seventh one. WORLD CHAMPS Going to be sad in the future guy: Winning is fun! Let’s do this all the time!
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Wally Ellenson transferring to Marquette

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:07
The rising junior will compete in both basketball and track for the Golden Eagles.
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