2:11 PM EDT, Sat August 01, 2015

Twinsights: Byron Buxton is using his downtime wisely

Byron Buxton finally resumed taking batting practice on the field this week. Judging from the early results, his sprained left thumb has fully healed. “It feels great,” said Buxton, still rated the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. “It feels like the BP I was taking (in June) and probably even better. I feel more grounded, more stable.” During an absence that has stretched on for nearly six weeks, Buxton has made an effort to use his time on the shelf wisely. The 21-year-old center fielder pays particular attention to veterans such as Torii Hunter, Brian Dozier and Trevor...

Family members say flamboyant Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson determined to bounce back

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com MANKATO, Minn. _ During the season, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson drives around Eden Prairie in a red Camaro with his nickname “Flash’’ painted in big letters on the back. During training camp, he’s riding a custom bike with handlebars reminiscent of an old Schwinn Sting-Ray. None of this surprises his sister, Crystal Patterson. “He always has got to stand out,’’ she said. “He doesn’t follow a crowd. He makes his own.’’ Patterson’s sister and his mother, Catherine Patterson, are both at training camp at...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 3 hours ago

Talking linebackers with Adam Zimmer

In case you missed it, I wrote a story for today’s newspaper on the Vikings’ linebacker corps, which outside linebacker Chad Greenway feels is as deep and talented as any group he has played with in his 10 years here. Greenway and Anthony Barr are expected to start on the outside. Either Audie Cole or rookie Eric Kendricks will man the middle. And the team will try to find ways to get Gerald Hodges, likely a backup, on the field. I had a nice chat with linebackers coach Adam Zimmer about those five guys, and he gave me some good insight that didn’t make it into the paper. But hey, we...

Induction speech for Mick Tingelhoff at Hall of Fame will be 'short and sweet'

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com MANKATO, Minn. _ Don’t expect Mick Tingelhoff to give a long-winded speech next weekend when inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “He’s not really giving a speech,’’ his wife, Phyllis Tingelhoff, said Friday. “He’s going to be saying, ‘Thank you.’ Short and sweet. That’s like him. He’s not going to do it very long.’’ The legendary Vikings center will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio., on Aug. 8 after having been elected to the Hall last January as a Seniors Committee nominee. He will be introduced to fans Saturday...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 4 hours ago

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Excitement for linebackers, praise for Harris and more

On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — The Vikings are excited about their young, talented group of linebackers. “We haven’t been this deep at the position in my 10 years,” Chad Greenway said. How deep? Five linebackers could possibly have significant roles. — When he was done poking fun at the Vikings company softball team, Norv Turner had some praise for first-team right guard Mike Harris. — Look out, interior linemen. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is comfortable and confident heading into his second year under...

Hopkins 2016 star Amir Coffey to play first game since December on Saturday

Hopkins standout Amir Coffey has been waiting a long time for this moment. The 6-foot-7 guard and top Gophers senior target will return to the court Saturday in the Pacesetter Sweet 16 championship tournament in St. Joseph's, MN. His first game will be 10 a.m. against Red Lake. Coffey, the 35th best player nationally by ESPN.com, hasn't played in an organized basketball game since suffering a torn ACL on Dec. 3, 2014. But the No. 1 player in the state's 2016 class was clear "He’s been playing open gym for a week and a half," Coffey's father and ex-Gopher Richard […] The post Hopkins 2016...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 14 hours ago

Twins send shortstop Danny Santana back to Triple-A

For the second time this season, Opening Day shortstop Danny Santana is headed back to Triple-A Rochester.

Twinsights: Shortstops Danny Santana, Jorge Polanco sent back to minors

For the second time this season, Opening Day shortstop Danny Santana is headed back to Triple-A Rochester. Also sent back after Friday’s game was rookie shortstop Jorge Polanco. Called up for a three-game stint while Trevor Plouffe was on the paternity list, Polanco will go all the way down to Double-A Chattanooga so he can continue to play shortstop. Newly acquired reliever Kevin Jepsen will take the other spot on the 25-man roster as the Twins return to an eight-men bullpen. “We want to make sure those guys get plenty of play at shortstop and get consistent at-bats at those […] The...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Deep Vikings linebackers corps is loaded with possibilities

Coaches marvel at options for possible groupings.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 15 hours ago
Mariners 6, Twins 1: Seattle's Taijuan Walker one-hits Minnesota

Mariners 6, Twins 1: Seattle's Taijuan Walker one-hits Minnesota

It's hard to imagine exactly how Taijuan Walker posted an 8.02 earned-run average over his past four games.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 15 hours ago

Walker tosses one-hitter as Mariners shut down Twins

Seattle starter only allows Sano homer in 9 innings.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Twins deal late for bullpen help in Rays' Jepsen

Former teammates say the righthanded reliever is a hard-throwing battler.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 17 hours ago

Vikings' DE Everson Griffen insists 'sky is the limit'

MANKATO, Minn. -- Everson Griffen couldn't make it to the banquet last May when he was named the Vikings' defensive MVP for 2014. But he sent in a video to let those in attendance know he is thinking big.

Postgame: Molitor emphasizes he still believes in Santana

Walker throws second one-hitter in Target Field history; Sano has mixed results playing third base
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 18 hours ago

Milone tries to snap his run of bad luck against Mariners

Lefthander has lost three straight to Seattle, but will try to help Twins hold off wild-card pursuers

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