baseman Orlando Hudson had a one year
contract with the Dodgers last season and his deal with the Twins
expires at the end of 2010.
Hudson will be 33 in December and teams are cautious about long term
commitments to older players. The Twins are paying him $5 million this
year, according to Cot’s baseball contracts.
Hudson is hitting .225 for the Twins, with no home runs and one RBI. His
switch hitting gives the Twins, who face a steady lineup of
left-handers, versatility hitting No. 2 in the batting order.
Hudson has no errors thus far and been effective on double plays teaming
with shortstop J.J. Hardy. Hudson has had a base running lapse
or two in the team’s first nine games.
The Twins left 11 runners on base in yesterday's 6-3 loss to the Red
Sox. For the season the Twins are 0-11 with the bases loaded.
is batting .383 (31-for-81) with six homers, 23 RBI and 14 runs scored
in 21 games for the Twins since September 22, 2009.
David Ortiz has struck out 12 times in his last 21 at bats for the
Twins owner Jim Pohlad is a
certified public accountant. No one needs to explain an income
statement to him.
KARE 11 reports that “Target Field does have the coldest averages of any
outdoor baseball stadium in the country, but not by as much as you would
think. Denver and Detroit, for example, average April temperatures are
just 2 degrees warmer than Minneapolis. Chicago and Cleveland are only 3
degrees warmer. In October, the temperature differentials are basically
Baseball America’s top 10 Twins prospects are Aaron Hicks, Wilson Ramos,
Kyle Gibson, Miguel Sano, Ben Revere, Danny
Valencia, Carlos Gutierrez, Angel Morales,
David Bromberg and Max Kepler. This is the second
consecutive year Hicks, an outfielder, has been ranked by the
publication as the No. 1 prospect in the organization.
Former Gophers and Cincinnati Bengals football player
Ben Utecht sang the national anthem at last week’s Cincinnati Reds
The semi-finals of the Vikings cheerleaders’ swimsuit
competition is Sunday night at Pantages Theatre. See the Vikings
Website for more information including ticket prices.
Despite a schedule that includes five likely top 25 teams,
at least one passionate and optimistic Gophers football insider is
talking about an 8-4 record.
Condolences to the Stoll family on the
death of Jill Stoll. She is the daughter of the late Cal
Stoll, the former Gophers football coach.
Wild head coach Todd Richards will
for the first time be an assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National
Team. The Wild’s Brent Proulx will also be a part of the staff
as equipment manager. Team USA will open the International Ice Hockey
Federation World Men’s Championship against host Germany on May 7. The
game will be played in a soccer facility and is expected to draw a
world-record hockey crowd of more than 76,000 fans.
Mikko Koivu finished the season with a career-high 70 points (21-59=70), the
third-highest total in Wild history. Marion Gaborik is No. 1 with
83 points, Brian Rolston is second at 79.
Two Gustavus players, junior defender Kirstin Peterson and senior
forward Melissa Mackley, and also St. Catherine junior forward
Micheala Michaelson, have been named to the RBK Hockey College
Division All-America first team for the West Region as chosen by members
of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).
son of former Twins pitcher Juan Berenguer, is a hockey
defenseman for Hamline and was recently named a West Region All-American
by the AHCA for the RBK men's team.