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After a laugher in the women’s final the day prior, Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s final was truly exceptional. Novak Djokovic helped cement himself among the all-time greats, undeniably of this generation, and shed the recent stigma of being unable to close the deal at Grand Slams. And regain the world’s No. 1 ranking. All this while [...]

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Pedro Florimon … oof. Florimon may be great with the glove, which isn’t exactly a given. What is a given, though, is that he is overmatched as a hitter.   One week in, he has an OPS+ of -50. Yes, that’s a negative sign in front. An average  mark is around 100. His total the [...]

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A few quick takeaway thoughts from Twins season opener:   1. Yes, the Twins lost. Yes, the offense looked anemic. It was also up against Chris Sale, an All-Star pitcher, pretty legitimate ace and Cy Young candidate. The offense may and probably will be bad, but it’s hard to critique it too much for not [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Well that put a damper on things. After starting the year by taking a pair of series against playoff teams from a year ago, the Twins were swept in Kansas City to start the week, dropping to 4-5. The series started with the Twins blowing a game late, then [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Haven’t blogged in forever – a handful of state tourney teams will do that. However, I have time to today – a couple dozen weather cancellations will also do that. As it is, there’s plenty of buzz with Minnesota’s major-market teams, starting with the beginning of another season of [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com NFC: San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31 What a performance by San Francisco quarterback Collin Kaepernick. After throwing a pick-six on the opening drive of the game, Kaepernick came back and absolutely tore up the Packers’ defense throughout Saturday night’s contest, throwing for 263 yards and running for another [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Getting lost in the debate over who deserves to win the AL Most Valuable Player award, Los Angeles of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout or Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera, is that both players do. Match their stats up against past MVPs and they compare very favorably to most. Unfortunately, [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com A day after closing the disastrous second chapter of  Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s stint with the team, the Minnesota Twins demoted shortstop Brian Dozier. While Dozier wasn’t quite Nishiokaesque in his ineffectuality, he did struggle pretty heavily, hitting .234 with a meager .271 on-base percentage. But beyond those numbers, the more [...]

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