The other big surprise for the Twins is how improved their plate discipline has been this year. They drew eight walks Saturday and have a major league-leading 121 on the season. That puts them in first place in the AL with six more walks than Oakland, despite the fact that the Athletics have played two more games than the Twins.
Last year, the Twins had only 80 walks through 23 games.
• Under terms of the contract signed for the Paul McCartney concert Aug. 2 at Target Field, the Beatles legend keeps all ticket income, which will amount to several million dollars, and the Twins benefit only from the money taken in on concessions sales.
• Former Gophers quarterback Adam Weber signed with the Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League. My prediction is that Weber will do so well given the opportunity that he will be back on an NFL roster in 2015.
• The Gophers men’s basketball team will play two nonconference games at home as part of the preseason NIT, and if they win both games they will play two games at Madison Square Garden in New York, where the team won the postseason NIT earlier this month. Coach Richard Pitino had agreed to play in the preseason NIT last fall.
• Former Twins closer Joe Nathan, now with the Tigers, got one appearance in this weekend against the Twins, pitching a scoreless ninth in Detroit’s 10-6 victory Friday. On the season he is 2-0 with four saves, two blown saves, a 5.59 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 9⅔ innings. For comparison’s sake, Twins closer and fellow 2013 All-Star Glen Perkins has six saves, one blown save, a 4.09 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 11 innings. … Another former Twins star now with Detroit, Torii Hunter, went 6-for-9 with three doubles in the two games at Target Field this weekend. He is on a six-game hitting streak where he is hitting .462. He has raised his batting average from .222 to .310 over that streak.
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