MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mariners earn split with Minnesota
Seattle rookie Nick Franklin homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Mariners held on to top the Twins 6-4 at Safeco Field in Seattle yesterday. Michael Saunders also went deep for the M's, who earned a split in the four-game series. Erasmo Ramirez allowed four runs over six innings as he improved to 2-0. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save. Chris Colabello clubbed a two-run homer for Minnesota, which is 6-4 since the All-Star break. Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in five frames as he slipped to 2-3 with the loss. The Twins are off today and begin a six-game homestand tomorrow night with the Royals coming to town.
After yesterday's 6-4 loss in Seattle, the Twins activated superstar catcher Joe Mauer from the Paternity List and sent catcher Drew Butera back to Class AAA Rochester. Mauer's wife gave birth to twin girls on Wednesday night. Mauer will be in uniform for tomorrow's game against the Royals. Butera was 0-for-3 in two games in Mauer's place.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will put his team through a pair of workouts at training camp today in Mankato. The morning session is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be a walk-through practice. An afternoon workout is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be more intense. Star running back Adrian Peterson says he wasn't all that excited about reporting to camp, but once he saw his teammates and friends, he "got pumped up" for training camp to start, which it did on Friday.
Fall camp for the University of Minnesota football begins this week on campus. The Golden Gophers will practice for the first time on Friday afternoon at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Friday's workout is free and open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m. Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen of Valencia, California says he thinks the Gophers will have the best secondary in the Big Ten. The first Gophers' game is August 29th at home against UNLV at 6 p.m.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx are off for a few more days for the All-Star Break. Four Lynx players took part in Saturday's All-Star Game in Connecticut. Minnesota hosts San Antonio on Friday night at 7 p.m. in its next game.
DNR officials are expected to release target harvest numbers today for this fall's second wolf hunting season in Minnesota. The agency announced earlier this month the hunt will go on, even though the latest survey shows 22-hundred wolves in Minnesota, down about 700 from five years ago. Maureen Hackett with Howling for Wolves says the DNR has rushed into the hunt before assessing the impact it may have. The DNR's C-B Bylander responds that the population exceeds the state's minimum wolf population goal of at least 16-hundred wolves, and is above the federal recovery goal range of 1251 to 1400 animals.