• Former Twin David Ortiz had one great three-game series at the plate for the Red Sox, hitting .615 [8-for-13] with seven RBI and two home runs. Going into Sunday’s game, Ortiz was hitting .332 with 17 doubles, 15 home runs and 32 runs scored against the Twins in his career.
• For the first time in three years, Vikings season tickets increased by only 3.5 percent per game depending on their location. That meant an increase of anywhere up to but not exceeding $5. This is the first price increase since 2010 and only the second increase in the past five years. Fans can still buy season tickets for as low as $31 per game. The Vikings have sold 4,000 new season tickets.
• Bret Huebner, son of Vikings ticket manager Phil Huebner, is hitting .400 as a starting sophomore shortstop at Cretin-Derham Hall. On the same team is the son of former Viking Corbin Lacina, Nick, who is hitting .500 as a first baseman.
• Both the University of Minnesota and the Twins would like to play host to an outdoor NHL game. But right now the chances are not good for the near future, with the Yankees hosting two games during the 2013-14 season — the Rangers and Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers and Islanders on Jan. 29. Outdoor games also are scheduled in 2014 for the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, the Penguins and Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago on March 1 and the Senators and Canucks at BC Place in Vancouver on March 2.
• Former Wild defenseman Brent Burns is having a nice postseason for the San Jose Sharks, who trail the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Burns, now playing forward, has one goal and two assists through seven playoff games while taking 22 shots and averaging 17 minutes, 10 seconds of ice time per game.
• Former Hopkins and Northern Iowa standout Terrell Sinkfield, who ran a tremendous 40-yard-dash time at University of Minnesota pro day, signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and took part in their rookie minicamps.
• Former Twins third baseman Danny Valencia was called up by the Orioles on Sunday and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double. Valencia had been hitting .306 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 40 games at Class AAA Norfolk.
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