Kevin Love achieved his goal: He didn't become a viral YouTube sensation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before today's Twins-Yankees game at Target Field.

Not like John Wall did last summer at Washington Nationals game.

Wall wildly bounced his pitch low and wide in a throwing exhibition that has received nearly a million hits on one YouTube entry.

Love's throw easily made it to catcher Justin Morneau -- outside and high, though -- but he probably made the right decision when he gave up baseball and his pitching career for hoops in the ninth grade.

One highly placed Twins official watched Love warm up and remarked, "He's a pie thrower."

Love took some cuts in the batting cage underneath Target Field and by all accounts, fared well against the batting-practice coach and not so well against the pitching machine.

He vows to come back to take live batting practice before Friday's game against the Tigers and has made a bet with his buddies that he'll hit one of the park.

He'll get back to his day job Tuesday, when training camp opens in Mankato, Minn.

On Tuesday, he appeared at a Target Center news conference with his Olympic gold medal and talked about his summer, the team's off-season moves and the upcoming season.

In case you missed it, you'll find the notebook from that presser here.



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