Escobar will play for Twins, but no one knows exactly where

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 22:15
He is expected to play a lot, but it’ll likely be at several positions.
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Rangers stop Wild's win streak with 3-2 win at Xcel

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 22:10
The Wild showed no quit against the New York Rangers, but in the end, Minnesota was doomed by sloppiness.
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Longtime pals from Georgia together again with Gophers

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:32
The roommates have known each other since the age of 8.
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Down year? Big Ten thrives with two teams in Final Four

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:18
After what looked like a down season for the conference, it has two teams on the biggest stage.
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Taylor not pressing Saunders to move

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 20:54
The Timberwolves owner is inclined to let the coach keep doing double duty – for now.
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Making maple syrup takes time, but it's a sweet chore

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 20:48
Boiling 450 gallons of maple sap to make syrup takes some time, but it’s a rite of the season.
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Twins-Red Sox: Robinson officially added to roster

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:50
The Twins are set to play the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium, and old friend David Ortiz is in the battling order
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TFD: Twins rotation is a relative strength, which could spell trouble

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:49
Even the more pessimistic among Twins fans — after badmouthing an outfield defense and bullpen that look worrisome, at best — generally concedes that the starting rotation, an eyesore for much of the past four season, should be better than it was last year (mild praise) and downright functional if some things go right. Most of the true optimism is saved for an offense that finished 7th in MLB in runs scored in 2014 and could keep the team in games, but the rotation is emerging in conversations as a strength — partly by default, and partly because Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco and Kyle Gibson all have the potential to be above-average, while Tommy Milone as the fifth starter is better than Milone or (fill in the blank) as a No. 3 starter, as the pecking order has gone in recent years. Here’s the problem, though: even if the Twins’ rotation is upgraded, there are still a lot of questions. Can Hughes — very good in 2010, 2012 and 2014, not so good in 2011 and 2013 — avoid the every-other-year swoon? Will Santana, at age 32, avoid a decline? Will Nolasco, who looked better this spring by all accounts, put an ugly 2014 behind him? Can Gibson take another step? Can Milone be effective outside of Oakland? There is enough skepticism from the outside to make us wonder if the rotation is truly a strength or if it merely looks better by comparison to previous years. The Washington Post ranked the Twins’ rotation 28th out of 30 in MLB, though admittedly didn’t offer much by way of explanation beyond doubting it has been upgraded enough beyond last year’s MLB-worst 5.06 ERA. If the second-best thing about your team — better than the defense, better than the bullpen, not as good as the offense — is still bad enough that a major publication ranks it among baseball’s worst, it’s enough to make us wonder if it is really a strength. One thing is for certain: the Twins will need it to be a true strength if they are going to come anywhere close to .500 this year.
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Wolves' Pekovic to undergo Achilles surgery next week

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:14
Wolves starting center has played just 31 games this season becuase of recurring ankle pain
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Projection says Wild has the fourth-best chance of winning Stanley Cup of any team in NHL

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:43
Just how hot is the Minnesota Wild right now? Well, the squad gone from a 9.3 percent chance of making the playoffs at the all-star break, based on Hockey Reference’s projections, to a 100 percent chance now of making the playoffs (even though the clinch is not yet official). But perhaps more interestingly and impressively: the site gives the Wild the second-best chance of winning the Stanley Cup of any team in the Western Conference, and the fourth-best chance of winning it all among NHL teams. The breakdown in terms of percent chance: New York Rangers (tonight’s opponent): 11.7 percent chance to win the Cup. Tampa Bay Lightning (Phil Hughes’ favorite team, and a Wild/Bolts final would probably cause him to miss several starts because his nails would be bitten off): 9.3 percent. Chicago Blackhawks (A team the Wild could face in the first round of the playoffs): 8.4 percent. Wild (hottest team in hockey since the break): 7.9 percent. Interestingly, that puts Minnesota and Chicago ahead of fellow Central Division foes Nashville (6.5) and St. Louis (7.2), though it does speak to the overall strength of that division. The projections are based on current standing and 1,000 simulations of the rest of the season. That’s not as fun as actual playoff hockey, but it is something to think about going forward.
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Vikings' offseason workout dates announced

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:18
The NFL has revealed when each of its 32 teams will begin their offseason workout programs. The Vikings, because they have an incumbent coach in Mike Zimmer, were allowed to begin their voluntary workout program as early as April 20 at Winter Park. And they will do just that. They will hold voluntary on-field workouts at their facility May 26-28, June 2-4 and June 8-11. Their mandatory minicamp is June 16-18. That will be the first time that disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson is contractually obligated to show up, assuming the NFL reinstates him by then. Presumably, the Vikings will also have a rookie minicamp somewhere in there. Teams typically hold those a weekend or two after the NFL draft. So it should be the second or third weekend in May. Fans aren’t allowed to attend the workouts, but we’ll be sure to churn out quality coverage for you.
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Devan Dubnyk nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Twin Cities chapter of the PHWA

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:52
Behind the scenes, it took a ton of work to resurrect his career and become this year’s feel-good NHL story.
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Dayton's DNR budget includes new programs, conservation officers

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:52
The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to accelerate fish and wildlife programs, while also adding nearly a dozen conservation officers in the coming biennium..
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Ruffed Grouse Society supports Minnesota trapping bill to reduce dog deaths

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:41
National conservation group weighs in on controversial Minnesota legislation
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Minnesota native Zane McIntyre among Hobey Baker Award three finalists

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:46
Gophers junior defenseman Mike Reilly left out of Hobey Hat Trick after being named one of 10 finalists.
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Wichita State coach turns down Alabama; will Tide turn to Pitino?

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 06:56
Richard Pitino tops a list of six candidates in a story posted by a top Alabama news web site
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