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Twins Tidbits: Max Kepler remains an option in center; Miguel Sano’s focus is on first base

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Max Kepler played 84 games last season at his natural position in right field, but injuries to Byron Buxton also forced Kepler to play 60 games in center field. Kepler might…


Efficient outing: Twins get to see “tremendous version” of Kenta Maeda

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Kenta Maeda pitched four innings in his third spring-training start for the Twins on Sunday against Boston at JetBlue Park, but the righthander was so efficient that he threw only 44…


Zulgad: Surrounded by uncertainty: What does future hold for Zimmer, Pitino and Evason?

Some thoughts on the Minnesota coaching scene while heading to Fort Myers to cover one guy, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who currently has more job security than almost anyone in town. MIKE ZIMMER Is Zimmer…


Goff: Playoff push: Wild appear to be getting hot at the right time

The Wild can’t seem to make up their mind when it comes to the 2019-20 season. Every time it looks as if the end is near, they turn things around and give fans hope they…


The waiting game: Wolves continue to take it slow with Karl-Anthony Towns

The Timberwolves plan to evaluate Karl-Anthony Towns’ fractured left wrist in two weeks, the team announced on Friday. Towns has met with “leading specialists” to discuss management options for the injury as he continues to…


Zulgad: Fool’s gold? What to make of the resurgent Wild’s surprising playoff push

When did you give up on the Wild? Was it after the 1-6 start to the season? Was it when Jason Zucker was dealt to Pittsburgh ?  Was it when Bruce Boudreau was fired as…


Where do the Vikings stand with analytics?

INDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes jokes hit too close to home. At the podium inside the Indiana Convention Center at the NFL Combine, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about using analytics and he elected…


Zulgad: The puck stops here: Alex Stalock finally gets his chance as Wild’s top goalie

Alex Stalock spent his first two full seasons a member of the Minnesota Wild patienty waiting for an opportunity to start in goal, knowing any work he got would be a short-term thing aimed at…


Zulgad: Magic Man: Kevin Fiala continues to dazzle as Mikael Granlund fizzles

ST. PAUL — How could former Wild general manager Paul Fenton trade Mikael Granlund for Kevin Fiala last season without getting more in return? That was a question many Wild fans asked when Minnesota shipped…


Quarterbacks leave Combine with plenty of intrigue

The NFL Draft is always full of surprises but the first two quarterbacks off the board appear to be a foregone conclusion. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa seem to be head…


Former Viking Alex Boone to attempt NFL comeback

Former Minnesota Viking and current SKOR North contributor to the Purple Daily show Alex Boone is attempting a comeback. After two years away from the NFL, the 32-year-old guard is now working back into NFL shape…


Eyes on October: Twins added loads of postseason experience during intentional roster construction

Experience can be transferable. And the Minnesota Twins in 2020 are hoping that idea extends to include ‘MLB postseason experience.’ The Twins team that appeared in the AL Wild Card in 2017 was very light…


10 Combine ‘risers’ who could intrigue the Vikings

Things could certainly change by the time we reach the NFL Draft but presently the Minnesota Vikings appear to have needs to fill all over the field. At last week’s NFL Combine we got a…


Would Twins jump in on a wave of contract extensions for pre-arbitration players?

If there’s a wave of contract extensions coming across Major League Baseball, would the Twins try to catch it? A couple of teams have signed deals with players yet to reach arbitration, and that could…


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Ten Twins prospects who could debut in 2020

With a deep farm system and abundance of talent that’s matriculated to the highest levels of the minor leagues, the Twins are well-positioned to dip into their system when the inevitable need for reinforcements arises.…


Back to reality: Wild’s push for playoff spot temporarily halted by one of NHL’s best

ST. PAUL — The Wild entered Sunday riding  a three-game winning streak and with an opportunity to move into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Not bad for a team that…


2020 Vikings Draft Simulation: The first two rounds

Mock drafting is great but simulating the draft is better. Websites like FanSpeak and The Draft Network have functions that combine draft boards and team needs to estimate how things will play out in the…


Zulgad: No need to protest: Timberwolves can’t deny the fact they are in the tank

MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves had ended a five-game losing streak with a three-point win last Wednesday at Miami when Wolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas tweeted “Tank that!” This was Rosas’ response to the…


Zulgad: Disappointing finish: Too many Gophers fall flat when it matters most

MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers men’s hockey team had the opportunity to celebrate a share of the Big Ten regular-season title on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. What was needed to accomplish that was a victory…


Timberwolves place veteran guard Allen Crabbe on waivers

The Timberwolves waived veteran Allen Crabbe on Saturday, ending the guard’s short stint with the team. Crabbe was acquired by the Wolves on Jan. 16 in a deal that sent Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham…


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