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Published: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:49:07 GMT2018-03-23T20:49:07Z


Twins' Miguel Sano won't be disciplined by MLB after assault accusation

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:49:07 GMT2018-03-23T20:49:07Z

The Twins third baseman was accused of assault in a December online posting after an incident in October 2015.

Don Lucia will still make $630,000 as Gophers special assistant to AD

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:39:47 GMT2018-03-23T20:39:47Z

Don Lucia will have a new job, but he’ll make the same total amount of money his coaching contract called for in 2018 and ’19.

Is Twins outfielder Max Kepler primed for a 'breakout season'?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:02:42 GMT2018-03-23T20:02:42Z

As several young Twins hitters ascended last season, particularly in the final two months when Minnesota sprinted to the finish and grabbed a wild card playoff spot, one in particular seemed to stall. Eddie Rosario broke out in a big way. Jorge Polanco surged in the final two months (though that streak is under a cloud now after his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs). Byron Buxton fulfilled his potential as a five-tool player. Max Kepler? Well, he wasn’t bad. He was cumulatively pretty much the same as a 24-year-old in 2017 as he had been as a 23-year-old in 2016, with a couple of disturbing caveats mixed in: Kepler hit just .152 against lefties last season and hit just .211 in the season’s second half. His final totals — 19 homers, 69 RBI, .737 OPS — were acceptable for a still-developing player, but they certainly left anyone associated with the Twins hoping for more. It left questions about Kepler’s ceiling. Is he destined to be merely a useful player best-suited for primarily a platoon role — one that hit right-handed pitching at an .828 OPS clip last season — or is there still a good amount of hope that he will become a mainstay of the middle of the Twins lineup, regardless of who is pitching, for years to come? His platoon splits are concerning, but I still tend to think the latter is a plausible outcome. Kepler has been a bit unlucky in his first two large sample sizes, compiling a batting average on balls in play of .261 in 2016 and .276 last season when league average is typically around .300. He just reached 1,000 plate appearances in the majors at the end of last season, a number that is often a good benchmark for players “figuring it out” at the plate. Kepler’s walk rate of 8.7 percent and strikeout rate of 20.5 percent should converge as he sees more pitches, raising his on-base percentage. And he seems willing to work, with evidence this spring coming from consultations with former Twins MVP Justin Morneau and new slugger Logan Morrison, both left-handed hitters like Kepler. He might also benefit from flying a little under the radar in a lineup that keeps looking better. In short, not a lot of people are talking about Kepler — though ESPN’s Keith Law this week tabbed him as one of nine potential “breakout” players this season. Wrote Law in an Insider piece: “Everything has happened on the late side for Kepler, and I think the same is true of his ability to pick up breaking stuff from lefties and changeups from righties, enough so that I expect him to reduce his platoon split this season and get to 25-plus homers with a league-average or better OBP.” The MLB league average for OBP last season was .324, while the average OPS was .750. Kepler was at .312 and .737, so he doesn’t have that far to go. The tools, including a sweet swing, are there. He’s already an MLB-caliber hitter. If he can make a jump this season, a dangerous Twins lineup will only become more so.

Data show Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is strong-armed and dangerous

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:26:50 GMT2018-03-23T13:26:50Z

Taking a look at the new Vikings QB and how he compares to the old one.

Wild milestones: Bruce Boudreau nears 500 victories, Eric Staal approaching 40 goals

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:33:34 GMT2018-03-23T19:33:34Z

The team resumes action Saturday with back-to-back games against Nashville and Boston after four days off.

Cass Lake-Bena boys' basketball team honors missing teammate with state tournament appearance

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:34:53 GMT2018-03-23T20:34:53Z

Jeremy Jourdain went missing in 2016, but he’s with them in spirit.

Shakedown day answers a few Twins roster questions

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:10:49 GMT2018-03-23T16:10:49Z

Hughes makes 12-man pitching staff; Duffey and Busenitz sent to Class AAA.

Joe Berger retiring after seven seasons with Vikings

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:41:20 GMT2018-03-23T15:41:20Z

The elder statesman of the Vikings’ offensive line is calling it a career. Guard Joe Berger, who played seven of his 13 seasons for the Vikings and started 46 games across three positions from 2015-17, announced on Friday he plans to retire. The Vikings wanted to bring back the 35-year-old, who played all but two snaps for the team last season, and Berger was considering a 14th season after initially indicating he planned to retire. He entertained interest from several teams in free agency, and had offers from the Vikings and Lions (where Jeff Davidson, Berger’s former offensive line coach in Minnesota, now works). Ultimately, though, the husband and father of four decided to step away from the game in good health. “After a lot of careful thought and prayer I have decide to retire from football,” Berger said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to enjoy 13 seasons and have had the opportunity to play with so many good players and coaches. I was on some great teams before the Vikings, but it wasn’t until I got to Minnesota that I really felt at home. For seven years I was able to play for a great organization and in front of the best fans.  US Bank stadium is an incredible place to play football. My family and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I was given. I will miss my teammates and the game but am looking forward to this next chapter. So many people have had a part in my career and I hope some day I’ll be able to personally thank each one of them. Thanks for the memories! SKOL Vikings!” The Vikings added Rosemount native and former Bears guard Tom Compton on Thursday, giving them another option with Berger set to retire. They could continue to add players who could compete for Berger’s right guard spot; Jeremiah Sirles remains on the open market (though he visited the Panthers at the beginning of the week), and GM Rick Spielman watched Ohio State’s Billy Price work out at the Buckeyes’ pro day this week.

Aybar departs; Twins watching waiver wire for another bench hitter

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:02:04 GMT2018-03-23T20:02:04Z

The nine projected Opening Day starters are all in the lineup for today's game with Houston.

Whether Towns or Townes, all NCAA tournament's a stage for former prep teammates

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:27:14 GMT2018-03-23T17:27:14Z

Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns and Loyola of Chicago's Marques Townes took different paths to feature roles in March Madness after playing together in high school..