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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer had a standing offer to return to the Twins as a player in 2019; now he has a standing offer to return to the organization in a different capacity, whatever that might be. He seems willing to accept it — at some point. “No matter what happens, I’ll be here and be ready to help this team win in the future,” Mauer said during his retirement news conference Monday, Nov. 12, at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — How have the Vikings rallied to pull themselves back into relevance after a 1-2-1 start? With defense, mostly, but also a slightly improved running game.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins had their choice of any player available in the 2001 amateur draft, including dominant Southern Cal right-hander Mark Prior and Mark Teixeira, the slugging switch-hitter from Georgia Tech just named college player of the year. The Twins used their No. 1 pick on a high school catcher from Cretin-Derham Hall named Joe Mauer, who turned down a football scholarship from Florida State to sign with the hometown team.
EAGAN, Minn. - Rick Spielman was as surprised by that game against the Buffalo Bills as you were. After rallying the week before for what should have been a victory at Green Bay, the Minnesota Vikings stumbled out of the gate against then-winless Buffalo on Sept. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium and never recovered, turning the ball over three times and failing to get into Bills territory for the entire first half in a 27-6 loss. “To be honest, the Buffalo game,” Spielman said Tuesday, “that’s not the Minnesota Vikings that played that game.”
The Twins on Tuesday declined team options on righthander Ervin Santana and designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison. Each was paid a $1 million buyout, but the Twins cleared a potential $22 million from the 2019 payroll. The Twins also told pitching coach Garvin Alston he will not be joining the staff of new manager Rocco Baldelli, a source said, but hitting coach James Rowson will return for his third season.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have scored a lot of long touchdowns this season, passing and rushing, but few short ones. Because the Vikings sit atop the NFC North as they prepare for their game against New Orleans on SUnday night, Oct. 28, the bottom line there remains unclear. But Minnesota’s red zone offense has been erratic enough, and comparatively inadequate enough, to address.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings feel like they got their franchise quarterback, the guy who can finally lead them back to the Super Bowl, when they signed Kirk Cousins in March — and he’s been just about everything they could have hoped for.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The search for Paul Molitor's replacement appears to be over as several sources Thursday morning report Rocco Baldelli will be the new Minnesota Twins manager. MLB Network's Jon Heyman was among the first to report the news in a tweet around 6 a.m. Oct. 25. Heyman tweet on Baldelli Baldelli, 37, retired from being a major league player in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler has invited Timberwolves fans to boo him when he returns to Target Center for the home opener on Friday, Oct. 19. Good idea, but why stop there? Boo Tom Thibodeau for trying to shoehorn a rebuilding team through an impossibly narrow shortcut. Boo Andrew Wiggins for taking a max contract and disappearing when games are on the line. Boo owner Glen Taylor for hiring the wrong people at nearly every turn, and firing the right guy when he managed to get it right.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Timberwolves open the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in San Antonio, and play for the first time at home on Friday, Oct. 19, against Cleveland. Asked if he expected to be booed in his return to Target Center, all-star guard Jimmy Butler suggested fans go ahead and let loose. "Boo me," Butler said after Sunday's practice at Mayo Clinic Square. "Ain't going to change the way I play; probably going to make me smile more. Please, come on with it."