(Pittsburgh, PA) — Brian Dozier homered for the third straight game as the Twins handed the Pirates their first loss with a 7-3 win at PNC Park. Miguel Sano had three hits, two RBI and scored twice as Minnesota earned a split of the two-game set. Taylor Rogers picked up the win in relief of Jake Odorizzi, who allowed three runs in four-and-a-third innings.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins host the Seattle Mariners today in their home opener at Target Field. The teams will then have tomorrow off before wrapping up the three-game series on Saturday and Sunday. Kyle Gibson will get the ball seeking a 2-and-0 start to the year. The M’s will counter with left-hander James Paxton.
(Anaheim, CA) — The Ducks clinched a playoff spot when they beat the Wild 3-1 at the Honda Center. Matt Dumba’s power play goal gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the second period, but that was all the offense they’d get. Minny has already locked up a postseason berth itself. The Wild visit the LA Kings tonight before wrapping up the regular-season at San Jose on Saturday.
(Denver, CO) — The Timberwolves begin their final road trip of the regular-season tonight in Denver against the Nuggets. Minnesota will then visit the Lakers tomorrow in LA before returning home for the final two games against Memphis and Denver next Monday and Wednesday, respectively. The Wolves sit in seventh place in the West at 44-and-34. The Nuggets are just a game back.
(Minneapolis, MN) — An assistant coach on the Gophers basketball staff is leaving. Several reports are out that Kimani Young will become a part of the coaching crew at UConn. The Queens, New York native is known for recruiting blue-chip high school players. Gophers head coach Richard Pitino is expected to start a nationwide search to fill Young’s position.