MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gibson demoted to Rochester
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson was sent back to Class AAA Rochester after losing yesterday's game 6-1 to the Mets at Target Field. Gibson made ten starts with the Twins and registered a 2-and-4 record with a 6.53 earned run average. He allowed 37 earned runs in 51 innings of work, striking out 29 and walking 20. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says they will determine a minor league workload for him and could cut back on his innings for the rest of the season in Rochester.
The Twins open up a six-game road trip tonight in Detroit against the Tigers. The teams will play three games before Minnesota heads to Cleveland for three. Mike Pelfrey gets the ball for the Twins. He is 4-and-10 with a 5.26 ERA. The Tigers will counter with Rick Porcello, who is 9-and-6 with a 4.33 ERA.
A man from Fergus Falls rode a custom Harley Davidson home from Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day at Target Field over the weekend. Kevin Knutson also received in-person congratulations from Nita Killebrew, Harmon's widow. Thirty-two buses from the Fergus Falls area traveled to Minneapolis for Saturday's Twins game and hospice event. Killebrew died of cancer in 2011.
Vikings first round pick Sharrif Floyd is expected to be out for the rest of the preseason after having a minor procedure on his left knee. Head coach Leslie Frazier said after practice Monday that he should be ready to go for the regular season opener at Detroit on September 8th.
The Vikings have released cornerback Jacob Lacey just a week after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Lacey signed a one-year deal with Minnesota in the offseason after spending 2012 with Detroit. The 26-year-old has 198 tackles, six interceptions and 25 passes defended over his four-year career with the Lions and Colts.
ESPN has released its matchups for their "Super Tuesday" men's college basketball games, which include a nationally-televised contest from the Big Ten each week. The University of Minnesota will not make a "Super Tuesday" appearance this season. The Golden Gophers join Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue as team's from the Big Ten who won't have a "Super Tuesday" appearance this season. Indiana leads the pack with four scheduled appearances, followed by three appearances from Michigan State, Iowa, and Ohio State. Michigan and Wisconsin will each be on "Super Tuesday" twice, while Illinois has a single appearance.
The Minnesota Lynx open up a two-game road trip tonight in Atlanta against the Dream. The Lynx snapped their three-game losing streak with an 88-57 rout of New York on Sunday. Minnesota remains atop the WNBA standings at 18-and-6. Atlanta is second in the Eastern Conference at 13-and-9.
The Minnesota D-N-R has removed 29 species from the state's endangered species list, including the bald eagle, wolf and snapping turtle. Those animals are now classified as "species of special concern." The law prohibits the taking or possession of endangered and threatened species except in very limited situations. The D-N-R's Rich Baker says the goal of putting an animal or plant on the list is to restore its health and get it off the list. This is the state's first official update of the list since 1996.