• There is no doubt defensive end Everson Griffen was one of the great defensive performers last year for the Vikings, and defensive coordinator Alan Williams was asked his importance. “A great deal, a guy that can go both sides and be versatile,” Williams said. “The neat thing about Everson is that he has gone inside and has been as productive on passing situations, so that helps me a great deal when you have guys that can get to the quarterback and play multiple positions.”
• Glen Perkins picked up his 27th save of the season Sunday against the Astros. Coming into the game, the lefthanded All-Star closer had been nearly as effective against righthanded batters as lefthanded batters. Perkins held righthanded hitters to a .182 batting average and lefthanded hitters to a .238 average. Perkins has a 2.05 ERA this season.
• In the Twins minor leagues, Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 for Class AAA Rochester on Sunday to raise his batting average to .200 (6-for-30) since being sent down by the Twins. … Catcher Josmil Pinto, elevated to Rochester after the trade of Drew Butera, is 5-for-14 (.357). Butera is 1-for-7 for the Dodgers’ Class AAA Albuquerque farm team.
• Former Hopkins and Iowa State basketball star Royce White appeared on Minnesota Public Radio this week in an interview with Tom Crann about mental health. White discussed how his anxiety disorder affects him on the basketball court. “I think there’s a misconception when it comes to mental health and it being an in-the-moment condition or the consequences of the condition being in the moment, like a cut. It’s not like when I get on the court, the panic or the anxiety is there, it’s my everyday life. My night before, my anxiety and how I deal with it, or support it, or how my treatment is going, can have an effect on my game the next day.”
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