Negro Leagues Baseball Museum a Kansas City must-see

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By: Larry Fitzgerald
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Originally posted 07/18/2012

Many honors have crossed my paths over the last 34 years in this business of media covering sports, such as first Minnesota reporter to interview icon Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls live in 1993 on Twin Cities sports (KFAN) radio on a game day, and first Black man to host a live, three-hour radio show Monday through Friday, 12-3 on KFAN. I hosted then-Vikings head coach Dennis Green’s weekly radio network show for eight years. I’m the first sports writer in history to cover his own son in a Super Bowl.

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MLB All-Star Game

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By: Jonathan Lowe

KANSAS CITY – It’s a baseball game. But it’s more than that. In the last twenty-four hours, I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of the best athletes in the game of baseball strut their stuff. The All Stars put the brakes on their season…their business…their heated competition to say thank you to the fans of the game. From the veteran of the hot corner (Chipper Jones) to the phenom outfielders (Bryce Harper and Mike Trout), the best that the sport has to offer shook hands and said “Play Ball.”

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Twins vs. Red Sox – Big Papi Goes Yard As The Red Sox Thump The Twins

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by Scott Bertsch
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – The Red Sox stole a victory from the Twins Monday night with a come from behind win powered by well-traveled CF Cody Ross who stroked two home runs including the go-ahead blast in the top of the 9th.

Surprisingly, coming into tonight’s game against the Red Sox the Twins lead the all-time series against the Red Sox 290-287. After watching the first three innings tonight it is safe to say that if this was a four game series the Red Sox would have had a good chance of squaring their all-time record with the Twins.

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SPORTS NUGGETS

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When it comes to the Vikings Minnesota pols are penny-wise and dollar foolish

By Eric Nelson
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Land of 10,000 failed stadium ideas…

  • The Minnesota Vikings even lose in the off-season. On Wednesday the Purple’s stadium dreams were dashed again by Minnesota’s shortsighted politicians. Now we are back to ground zero and the Vikings frustration level is higher than the IDS Tower. It is time for Zygi Wilf to take the gloves off and act like an NHL thug in the playoffs and start throwing hay makers…
  • It is time for the Vikings to play the relocation card…
  • The Vikes have been incredibly patient while waiting for Minnesota to solve the stadium quandary. They have played the Minnesota Nice game, resisting the temptation to make relocation threats. It has not worked…
  • Instead the Vikes are stuck at the antiseptic, homogeneous, sterile, cramped and outdated Mall of America Field – a rinky dink home that is not up to NFL standards…

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Twins vs. Rangers – No Comeback In The April Rain

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by Scott Bertsch
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – The Rangers are in town this weekend – another challenging series for the Twins. With Nolan Ryan as part of the ownership group the Rangers have to be a fun team to play for and root for. There are few players in MLB history who have accomplished as much, and are as well respected, as Nolan Ryan.

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Twins Home Opener 2012 – Hey “Mulligan Man”

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by Scott Bertsch
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – The 2012 edition of the Minnesota Twins got off to a rough start in Baltimore over the weekend – losing three games by a combined score of 15-5 and it wasn’t that close with three of the Twins runs coming in the 8th inning or later. The Twins came to Target field looking to heat up despite a game time temperature of 45 degrees as of first pitch at 3:18 p.m. Unfortunately, there was no heat to be found.

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Twins Need For Starting Pitchers To Step Up

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By Thomas Tuttle
The Soup Man
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – When I was at the Twins Fort Myers spring-training home in early March, I had a chance to get out early on a few occasions and watch up-close several members of the Twins staff throwing early season warm-ups, under the relaxed supervision of pitching coach Rick Anderson. One of the images that stands out in my mind is of Scott Baker throwing easy, hard and accurate as he stretched himself out in the early season Florida sunshine. POP POP POP into the bullpen catchers glove, always an impressive sight as the rangy now-veteran loosened up in the relaxed environment. Blue sky and major league baseball, what a combination.

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SPORTS NUGGETS

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Twins hoping to rebound from a sour season

By Eric Nelson
GAMEDAY GOLD

FT. MYERS, FL – Sports Nuggets from the sun-drenched Sunshine State…

  • First impressions better not be lasting impressions. My initial up-close look at the Minnesota Twins this year revealed plenty of flaws as the Baltimore Orioles crushed the Twins 11-1 at Hammond Stadium on Thursday…
  • Twins starter Carl Pavano was raked, giving up six runs and eight hits in four innings. Pavano is supposed to be the Twins ace, but in reality there is no ace in the Minnesota deck…
  • Of course, this is just one meaningless Grapefruit League game in a marathon season. It is much too early to draw any conclusions on the Twins…

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THE SOUP MAN

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The Twins Have Work To Do

By Thomas Tuttle
GAMEDAY GOLD

FT. MYERS, Fla. The Twins knocked off a New York Yankees split-squad 5-1 in Fort Myers on Sunday to close out a week of self-discovery that opened on a beautiful south Florida afternoon just over a week earlier, with a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The exhibition opener was a nice win, with a number of key players getting a couple of quality innings, the defense solid, and the pitchers giving up nary a walk.

The following Sunday’s victory over the Yanks was of the “where’s their infield” variety, including a Yankee army of high-numbered prospects sent on the long bus ride south (along with skipper and Soup Man pal Joe Girardi, who wanted to take a close look at last year’s semi-bust Phil Hughes. Hughes, 18-8 in 2010 but injured and ineffective in 2011, looked healthy and accurate in a short stint). Read more

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