(Minneapolis, MN) — Martin Perez fired eight shutout innings as the Twins cruised past the Astros 6-2 in Minneapolis. Perez struck out seven while allowing just four hits to move to 4-and-0 on the year. Jonathan Schoop smacked a two-run homer and Nelson Cruz also knocked in a pair of runs for the Twins, who have won five-of-six. The Twins and Astros wrap up their four-game series this afternoon at Target Field. Jose Berrios will be on the bump for the Twins. Houston will counter with Brad Peacock.

(Louisville, KY) — The favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is out. Omaha Beach has been scratched due to what’s called an entrapped epiglottis. It’s a condition that affects cartilage in the horse’s airway and can also affect the horse’s performance. The entry with the best odds is now Game Winner at 9-to-2, followed by Improbable and Roadster which are both 5-to-1.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves are making history with the hiring of their next president of basketball operations. Multiple reports say the Wolves will hire Gersson Rosas to the position, making him the NBA’s first-ever Latino top basketball executive. The Colombia native has spent 18 seasons with the Houston Rockets. He also had a brief stint as GM of the Dallas Mavericks in 2013.

(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are declining the fifth-year option on wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s rookie contract. The move will allow him to become a free agent next spring. Treadwell has just one touchdown in three NFL seasons since being drafted 23rd overall by the Vikes in 2016 out of Ole Miss. He has just 56 catches for 517 yards and one TD in 40 career games.

(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings will hold a three-day rookie minicamp this weekend. Rookies including tryout players will take part in the camp starting Friday at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. OTA’s begin May 21st.

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota United FC is back in action Saturday facing Seattle Sounders at Allianz Field. The Loons are coming off a 1-0 win over East-leading DC United on Sunday. Minnesota sits sixth in the West with 14 points. Seattle is third with 18.

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