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Last spring, ESPN had 31 experts across their baseball departments pick who they thought would win the AL Central, and only three picked the Twins while the remaining 28 picked the Indians.
JOTTINGS • Twins President Dave St. Peter gave a health update on several players: “[Byron Buxton] got a full clean bill of health…
Fred Guerrero continues to spot, develop talent in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were born here when their dads were working for the Twins and Gophers.
When the history of Gophers football is written, you will not be able pass up the fact that only three years ago, this program was in its worst straits ever when P.J. Fleck took over as coach.
JOTTINGS• Brian Gutekunst, the son of former Gophers football coach John Gutekunst, is in his second season as general manager of the Packers,…
This loss doesn't take away from a very good season, but the front office will have a lot of question marks as it prepares for what's ahead, including some tough salary calls.
Some savvy salary cap moves kept Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen as part of a playoff team.
There's an argument to be made that last week was the best stretch of football for the Gophers and the Vikings since the NFL came to Minnesota.
The Vikings ranked 15th this season in pass defense, giving up 233.6 yards per game, after ranking third in 2018, second in 2017 and third in 2016.
The two teams have split their past two postseason games, both in dramatic fashion.
Mike Zimmer came away from Sunday's loss pleased with some young players and the Vikings' running game.
The standout receiver is back but hasn't been much of a factor since returning from a hamstring injury.
The fifth-year safety, in the midst of his best season, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Vikings need good health, and the Twins need better pitching. There's a gift just right for everybody, including a top state basketball recruit for Richard Pitino.
The Vikings' decision to give Kirk Cousins big money was in direct response to the success the Packers have had with Aaron Rodgers. So far, the numbers show Cousins is holding up his end of the bargain.
JOTTINGS • There was great news for Rick Spielman and the Vikings front office when the NFL announced the 2020 salary cap should go…
The standout defensive end could void his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
It was fitting that two of the best performances in the Chargers game in Los Angeles came from linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks
Coach Mike Zimmer said that while he's pleased with the record, he thinks his team has a long way to go before it starts thinking about postseason success.
Then they almost completely dominated in the second half, but they just had too many uncharacteristic plays.
Undrafted out of college in 2015, Anthony Harris has been one of the Vikings' biggest surprises.
Nonconference victories made the Gophers confident in the big-play ability they displayed vs. Penn State.
Sid Hartman writes: "I have covered Gophers football for 75 years, and I have never seen a display like I saw after P.J. Fleck's 17th-ranked squad defeated No. 4 Penn State."
JOTTINGS • Despite a tough loss at Kansas City last week, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has posted a 127.1 passer rating over his past…
Gophers star Bobby Bell should never have been called for a late hit against Wisconsin in 1962.
The veteran Gophers' defense has weathered tough times with Minnesota, and now is contributing to the team's 8-0 start.
Bill Parcells hasn't coached since 2006, but he has kept in close touch with Mike Zimmer. "They have some tough road games. I think that will be a key time for the Vikings," Parcells said.
JOTTINGS • Who would have thought the Gophers football team would begin November ranked ahead of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa? • Gophers coach
It's an impressive rookie season, considering rookie Bisi Johnson was drafted in the seventh round, only eight picks from the final selection of the 2019 draft.
The Vikings' productive run-pass mix stems from Kevin Stefanski working well with both Kubiaks.
This is easily the most balanced Vikings team that Mike Zimmer has coached.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers’ 2020 schedule includes difficult games against Michigan and Michigan State, but they don’t have to face Ohio State or Penn State.…
P.J. Fleck has guided the Gophers to success they haven't achieved in years, but the focus remains on each individual game.
A possible fifth Super Bowl berth vanished after a dropped pass in the NFC title game.
The two clubs have faced off 115 times since 1961 and the Vikings have won .652 percent of the time with a 74-39-2 record.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, on why the offense has performed so well the past two weeks: “I think we are executing better.…
The backup guard has started three games with his new team after signing as a free agent.
The Vikings' star receivers are more comfortable in a new offensive scheme, and it is starting to show.
When the Vikings revamped their offensive coaching staff in the offseason, they had to envision the kind of game they played Sunday in beating Philadelphia.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, said working under different coaches and being around NFL veterans made a big difference in changing his game.
Kirk Cousins has averaged more than 300 yards passing in going 5-3 in his career against Philadelphia.
After a disappointing end to a historic season, the Twins believe they are in good shape for 2020.
Even if the Twins lose this series in three games, the fact is that they are in prime position to contend for years.
JOTTINGS • Kirk Cousins being sacked six times in the Bears game means that he has taken eight sacks on the season, but it…
Nelson Cruz's postseason success — and production vs. the Yankees — makes him a key figure in the ALDS.
2019 was a breakout year for Jorge Polanco, especially after last season when he was suspended 81 games for using a performance-enhancing drug.
The Twins' first trip to the playoffs in a decade shows how long it can take to build a winner, and also how old managers and front office executives often take the fall for underperforming teams while building foundations.
JOTTINGS • The Twins had the second-largest attendance increase in Major League Baseball in 2019, trailing only the Phillies. They gained 334,955 fans compared to…
The Twins are a near lock to play the Yankees in the MLB postseason and have lost 10 consecutive meetings, part of their 13-game postseason losing streak.
After hitting .199 in 2018 and missing a month with a heel injury, Miguel Sano has been sizzling at the plate, especially in the final two months of the season as injuries have sidelined other key players.
The fact is that the Vikings have played 16 bad minutes this season, when they gave up 21 points to the Packers r last weekend.
The safety isn't satisfied with how the unit has played through two games this season.
The Vikings will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1969 NFL championship squad on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. That loss to the Chiefs 50 years ago began an era of success for the Vikings.
The difference in the run game is night and day as the Vikings lead the NFC in rushing and are tied for the NFL lead in yards per carry.
There was a point over the past year where both Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr had uncertain futures with this club.
JOTTINGS • After 16 home games, the Twins were averaging only 16,843 fans per game — last in the AL. But since then they have…
The Vikings' 172 rushing yards in Week 1 was the highest in the NFC, and there's no doubt the philosophy from assistant head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive line coach Rick Dennison is going to be evident.
Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano were all teenagers back then. Now they're realizing their potential.
The Packers' 10-3 victory at Chicago on Thursday, combined with the Vikings' easy victory, sets up a game that will give some hints about post-season possibilities for both sides.
One of the players who no doubt will help lead the Vikings charge is Danielle Hunter, the fifth-year defensive end out of Louisiana State who has become one of the most dominant pass-rushing forces in the NFL.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ home schedules for 2020, ’21 and ’22 have some big-name teams outside of the division, even though the dates for the games…
While the Twins can't win the division this weekend or next, there's no doubt they can send a signal to Cleveland that they could be a real division power over the next decade.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is recovered from his rookie-year ACL tear and can't wait to run (and catch) the ball.
After years of work to build a new stadium and a new practice facility, the team has become one of the most stable franchises and operations in the NFL.
JOTTINGS • New Vikings Chief Executive Officer Andrew Miller, who is replacing Kevin Warren as he takes over as commissioner of the Big Ten,…
P.J. Fleck's concern proved to be correct as the Gophers really had a tough time in the opener.
The Jackrabbits went 8-2 during the 2018 regular season and won two FCS playoff games before falling to North Dakota State in the national semifinals.
The 29-year-old from Detroit Lakes said that as he prepares for his fifth NFL season, the only numbers he is concerned about are wins and losses.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck on which players could surprise heading into the season opener Thursday against South Dakota State: “I would…
The work of coaches Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison has been on display in two preseason victories.
The offense figures to lean heavily on tight end formations, and it has the talent at the position to do so.
One person not surprised about Kevin Stefanski's rise is former Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who hired the offensive coordinator for an entry-level job 13 years ago.
Senior linebacker Carter Coughlin has a Gophers bloodline and Eden Prairie's winning mentality.
Nelson Cruz was on one of the hottest streaks of any hitter to wear a Twins uniform before he injured himself Thursday swinging and missing at a Mike Clevinger fastball.