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MINNESOTA SPORTS BRIEFS: Vikings begin camp in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' 2013 training camp is under way in Mankato. Camp offically began yesterday at 10:30 and was followed by a 2:30 practice in the afternoon.

Yesterday the team checked in on the campus of Minnesota State University and most everyone was in attendance, including each of the Vikings three first round picks. Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was taken 23rd overall, Florida State cornerback Xaiver Rhodes was the 25th pick and Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was taken 29th by New England and traded to Minnesota. All three came to terms just hours before they were supposed to check in at MSU, but they made it and are taking part in today's events. Terms of their contracts were not released.


Chris Kluwe started a Twitter war Tuesday when he sent a Tweet about training camp. The former Vikings punter joked he was better off at the Oakland Raiders camp in Napa, California than he had been in pre-season workouts in Mankato -- saying, "Heading to Napa. Gotta be honest, it feels a lot nicer to be going there rather than the STD capitol of MN. No offense, Mankato." The most recent Minnesota Department of Health study shows the two largest counties in the state, Ramsey and Hennepin, have the most chlamydia cases, but much smaller Blue Earth County comes in at number four. Beltrami County is number three. In another Tweet, Kluwe compared the accomodations at Minnesota State University-Mankato to a prison. 


Chris Colabello picked a perfect time to launch his first career home run. Colabello clubbed a two-run blast in the top of the 13th inning Friday to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a four-game series at Safeco Field. With Yoervis Medina (3-3) pitching for Seattle, Aaron Hicks hit a leadoff single before Colabello clubbed the first pitch tossed to him over the right- field wall. Brian Duensing (3-1) allowed three hits over the 11th and 12th innings to pick up the win. Glen Perkins gave up a home run in the bottom of the 13th but notched his 25th save. Minnesota starter Scott Diamond gave up one run on five hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings but earned a no-decision. He has not won since June 20 against the White Sox. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez pitched nine innings and had a shutout entering the ninth, but gave up a game-tying single to pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe with one out in the inning. He allowed five hits and struck out 11 in his outing.