1:58 AM EDT, Sun August 30, 2015

Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges surprises father by wearing 'Hodges Jr.' on back of jersey

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com ARLINGTON, Texas _ Before getting the start Saturday at middle linebacker for the Vikings, Gerald Hodges had a surprise for his father. In high school in Paulsboro, N.J., in college at Penn State and in his first two NFL seasons with Minnesota, the linebacker always had worn just “Hodges’’ on the back of his jersey. On Saturday, in a 28-14 preseason win over Dallas at AT&T Stadium, he wore “Hodges Jr.’’ for the first time. It was Hodges’ way of honoring his father, Gerald Hodges Sr., who runs a Boys & Girls Club in Paulsboro. “I...

Pelfrey says blame is his for Twins loss

Twins righthander Mike Pelfrey says his fastball command deserted him, and he is to blame for Twins' 4-1 loss Saturday.

Vikings go off the script for first Bridgewater-to-Wallace bomb

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Fans who were clamoring for a big play from Mike Wallace finally got what they were hoping for in tonight’s 28-14 win. Midway through the second quarter, Teddy Bridgewater went to the line with a running play buzzed into his headset from the sideline. But as the quarterback started counting silver helmets, he determined there were too many Cowboys in the box. Time to call an audible. Bridgewater switched to a pass play and backed up into the shotgun. Seeing that he had Wallace in single coverage, he took a shot downfield to his speedy wide receiver. The result was a...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2 hours ago

Walsh booms a 50-yard punt, but misses another field-goal try

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Midway through the second quarter of tonight’s win over the Cowboys, punter Jeff Locke banged up his ankle a little bit and had to head to the sideline after a punt. That was problematic because rookie Eric Kendricks got flagged for holding, forcing a Vikings do-over. Buckle up your chinstrap, Blair Walsh, get on out there and boot it. Walsh hasn’t punted on a regular basis since high school, but the Vikings ask him to practice that skill every once in a while in the event of an injury. That injury came tonight, so Walsh, a kicker by trade, let one rip. “I just...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2 hours ago

Hodges 'felt natural' in his first career start at middle linebacker

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Mike Zimmer will have a more complete evaluation of Gerald Hodges on Monday after watching the tape from tonight’s 28-14 win over the Cowboys. But from the sideline the Vikings coach liked what he saw from Hodges in his first career start at middle linebacker. Hodges, who vowed to play like a starter in this opportunity, did just that. He had a team-high four tackles, including one for a loss when he knifed into the backfield to tackle Cowboys running back Joseph Randle. “It looked like he did well to me, the things that we did,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s got...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2 hours ago

Supposedly stingy Twins hurt themselves overspending

They overspent on four players, and it’s hurting.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 2 hours ago

Vikings report: Cordarrelle Patterson returns to form

ARLINGTON, Texas _ It might be still be preseason, but anything that gets Cordarrelle Patterson going the Vikings have to really like.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 hours ago
Twins shut down by Astros, 4-1

Twins shut down by Astros, 4-1

Twins manager Paul Molitor felt warranted for sticking with Byron Buxton despite a horrid last two games offensively.
Houston Chronicle 3 hours ago

Mike Fiers leads Astros to 4-1 victory over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – As he expected heading into his outing Saturday night at Target Field, Astros righthander Mike Fiers couldn’t match Johnny Vander Meer’s record for no-hitters in consecutive starts. Fiers settled for a 4-1 victory over the Twins before a sellout crowd of 38,876 in his first start since he threw a no-hitter against the
St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 hours ago

Vikings beat Dallas, stay perfect in preseason

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For three preseason games, speedster Mike Wallace had been stuck in the starting blocks. The Vikings finally got their wide receiver going Saturday night.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 3 hours ago

Pelfrey erratic, Twins waste prime chances in loss to Houston

The Twins were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Astros.

Vikings punter Jeff Locke questionable to return with injured ankle

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com ARLINGTON, Texas _ Vikings punter Jeff Locke suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday’s preseason game at Dallas, leaving kicker Blair Walsh called in for emergency duty. In the second quarter, Locke went down awkwardly after Dallas safety J.J. Wilcox rolled underneath him. Locke, who punts with his left foot, grabbed his right leg and limped off the field. The Vikings soon announced Locke was questionable to return. With there being a penalty called on the play in which Locke was hurt, the Vikings had to punt again. Walsh came in and uncorked a...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 6 hours ago

Charley Walters: Twins glad they took chance on Miguel Sano at 16

After 254 major league at-bats through age 22, Twins hall of famer Harmon Killebrew hit 11 home runs. Over 22 seasons, Killebrew ended up with 573 homers.

Postgame: Buxton's defense kept deficit from getting worse

Twilight sky turns an Astro popup into a double; Pelfrey having problems a month before free agency
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 7 hours ago

Sano convinces Twins he's healthy enough to play

Rookie slugger Miguel Sano returns to lineup against the Astros' Mike Fiers, who no-hit the Dodgers last time out.

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