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Devin Smeltzer will make his second start after allowing one run in five innings against Cleveland on Saturday.

Twins-Kansas City series preview: AL Central gantlet continues

The first-place Twins have a three-game lead over second-place Chicago, and play either Detroit or KC in their next 15 games.
Cleveland Guardians’ Josh Naylor celebrated his game-tying grand slam off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks during the ninth inning Mon

Series preview: Cleveland visits Twins minus coaches in COVID protocol

Manager Terry Francona is among the group; still, slugger Josh Naylor will need attention
Game 5 recap: St. Louis 5, Wild 2

Game 5 recap: St. Louis 5, Wild 2

Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko had a natural hat trick in the third period, which started with the teams tied 2-2.
Alex Bregman celebrated after a home run Sunday as the Astros completed a 7-0 homestand.

Twins-Astros preview: Three-game series at Target Field

The teams have the same record, although the Twins are in first place in the AL Central and Houston is second in the AL West.
Josh Winder beat the Rays in Tampa by throwing six scoreless innings on Sunday.

Twins-Athletics game preview: Josh Winder shoots for second consecutive victory

The rookie righthander entered the rotation when Sonny Gray went on the injured list.
Joel Eriksson Ek of the Wild celebrated his first period goal Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Wednesday's Wild-St. Louis game recap

Kirill Kaprizov netted the Wild's first playoff hat trick in team history.
David Perron of the Blues celebrated his second goal on Monday night.

Game recap: St. Louis 4, Wild 0

The Blues had the edge in special teams and rolled past the host Wild in Game 1 of the NHL playoff series.
The last time the Wild and Blues played in the Twin Cities, it was outdoors at Target Field in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The teams have yet to pla

Playoff preview: Here's how the Wild and Blues match up

St. Louis won all three regular-season meetings between these two offensively gifted teams. But the Wild is favored in tonight's series opener at the X.
Miguel Cabrera celebrated after his 3,000th major league hit on Saturday in Detroit.

Twins-Tigers preview: Cabrera arrives after 3,000-hit milestone

A weekend sweep of the White Sox moved the Twins into first place in the American League Central.
The White Sox lost to the Guardians on Thursday afternoon.

Twins-White Sox preview: Twins pitchers are hot, hitters are not

The Twins are struggling at the plate, but their starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 2.80.
Royals third baseman Bobby Witt Jr. is expected to be one of baseball’s top rookies this season.

Twins-Royals preview: Three-game series at Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday, and hasn't played since.
Tom McCarthy skated at TCF Bank Stadium in 2016 while 55 years old. The North Stars alumni were playing ex-Chicago Blackhawks players as part of the S

Former North Stars All-Star winger Tom McCarthy dies at 61

After his career ended, he served prison time but sought redemption by coaching and teaching young players.
Rafael Devers had 38 homers and 113 RBI last season for the Red Sox.

Twins-Red Sox preview: Minnesota arrives at Fenway with cold bats

The Twins are hitting only .181 after a 2-4 start at home to the 2022 season.
The Dodgers added first baseman Freddie Freeman as a free agent this offseason to a lineup that won 106 games a year ago.

Twins-L.A. Dodgers series preview: Two new Twins take the mound

Righthanders Chris Archer and Chris Paddack will get their first starts as Twins against the Dodgers' potent lineup.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers Monday, March

Urshela bats cleanup as Twins open against Cy Young winner Ray

Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa are batting 1-2 against 2021 Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray, who pitched for Toronto last season. Gio Urshela, formerly of the Yankees, will hit clean-up against the Mariners.
The team in photos: Meet the 2022 Twins Opening Day roster

The team in photos: Meet the 2022 Twins Opening Day roster

Carlos Correa's spring training addition adds star power and makes the lineup more versatile. The starting rotation and bullpen have former All-Stars and fledglings.
Joe Ryan pitched against the Red Sox in a spring training game March 27 in Fort Myers, Fla. Ryan will start for the Twins on Friday in the regular-sea

What you need to know about the Twins' season opener

Check here for time, TV, ticket information and more.
Mitch Haniger had 39 home runs last season for Seattle.

Twins-Mariners preview: Cy Young winner Robbie Ray faces Joe Ryan

Seattle will unveil one of baseball's top prospects as well when 21-year-old outfielder Julio Rodriguez debuts.
Jose Abreu, the AL MVP in 2020, is only one of the dangerous hitters in the Chicago White Sox’s lineup.

Challengers improve, but White Sox are still class of A.L. Central

Chicago was 93-69 last season, even though outfielders Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez missed much of the year because of injuries. Their return adds to an already potent lineup.
Twins 2022 rotation. (Clockwise from top left): Sonny Gray, Bailey Ober, Dylan Bundy, Chris Archers and Joe Ryan.

100% different: Meet the Twins' all-new starting rotation

The team will open the season with five different starting pitchers than it did to start the 2021 season. Here's what you need to know about them.
Lefthander Julio Urias led the talented Dodgers pitching staff with a 20-3 record and a 2.96 ERA last season.

National League power rankings: Dodgers on top, Braves looming

The Dodgers won 106 games but not the World Series. They're gearing up for another shot at it.
Teoscar Hernandez celebrated with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, and Bo Bichette after homering last season.

American League power rankings: Toronto added pitching to its hitting

The Chicago White Sox won the AL Central by 13 games last season, withstanding several key injuries. They're poised to do it again.
Patrick Beverley is probably for the Wolves matchup with Washington on Tuesday.

Timberwolves gameday: There's still a chance to move out of the play-in tournament

Minnesota has three games remaining, but will need Utah or Denver to fall apart.
Clockwise from left: Gary Sanchez, Joe Ryan, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa. Star Tribune and AP photos

A winning season? Here are five keys to the Twins' success

From pitching to catching, from Byron Buxton to Carlos Correa, here are five factors that will help determine whether 2022 is a good year for the Twins.
Wolves guard Malik Beasley celebrated after Friday’s victory over the Nuggets.

Timberwolves gameday: Game at Houston step in quest for sixth seed

Catching Denver to avoid the play-in tournament is a long shot, but ... there's still a chance.
Gio Urshela

A look at the top Twins newcomers for 2022

Gary Sanchez is not alone. Several other prominent players joined the Twins this year.
Denver center Nikola Jokic drove against Indiana’s Justin Anderson on Wednesday during the visiting Nuggets’ victory.

Wolves facing must-win vs. Denver to avoid Western Conference play-in

Denver is three games ahead of the seventh-seeded Wolves entering Friday's game in the Mile High City.
Celtics star Jayson Tatum.

Wolves-Celtics game preview: Building momentum for a playoff spot

The Wolves will look to start another win streak against a Celtics team fighting for top seed in the East.
LeBron James drove to the basket during the Lakers’ loss Sunday in Phoenix.

Lakers come to Target Center with 10-game losing streak on the road

LeBron James is the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 10,000 assists and 10,000 rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns blew a kiss after hitting a three-pointer for 60 points.

Wolves-San Antonio game recap

A quick look at Monday's record-setting performance.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder to an upset victory in Denver on Wednesday.

Timberwolves gameday: Oklahoma City is first of back-to-back road-and-home set

The Thunder is 20-42 this season and has fallen hopelessly out of postseason contention.
Guard Steph Curry, coming off an MVP performance in the recent All-Star Game, leads the Warriors in scoring at 25.7 points per game.

Timberwolves-Golden State game preview: Warriors coming off unusual loss

The Warriors blew a 21-point lead and lost to the visiting Mavericks on Sunday.
Kevin Millar in 2010

St. Paul Saints will retire Kevin Millar's No. 15

The 2004 World Series champion started his career with the Saints, and went on to play 12 big league seasons.
Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 22 points per game, dribbled past Herbert Jones of the Pelicans on Monday in New Orleans.

Timberwolves-Toronto preview: It's the final game before the All-Star break

The All-Star Game on Sunday will give most of the players a chance at a week's vacation.
Brandon Duhaime of the Wild and Anaheim’s Sam Carrick dropped the gloves during a game on Jan. 14 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's Duhaime has no problem proving he's an NHL player

After two seasons in the minor leagues, he made the jump to the big club and has fit right in.
Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes checked Boston’s Charlie McAvoy during Carolina’s 6-0 victory Thursday in Boston.

Wild gameday: Carolina has NHL's best defensive team

Behind goalie Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes are a power in the Eastern Conference.
All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Bulls drove against Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Wolves-Chicago game preview: Bulls have two All-Stars in DeRozan and LaVine

Chicago has the third-best record in the Eastern Conference despite some key injuries.
Marcus Foligno of the Wild fought Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry on Tuesday before the altercation ended with Foligno kneeing Lowry.

NHL suspends Foligno two games for kneeing of Winnipeg's Lowry

"It is only the relative lack of force on this play that keeps Foligno from being subject to much more severe discipline," the league said.
Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) battled Oklahoma City’s Ty Jerome on Saturday during Sacramento’s victory.

Timberwolves gameday: On eve of trade deadline, two games in Sacramento

The Kings, in a free fall this season, are executing a big deal in advance of Thursday's deadline.
Ryan Hartman (38) celebrated a Wild goal in a victory over Winnipeg and goalie Connor Hellebuyck on Oct. 19 at Xcel Energy Center.

Dumba on injured reserve as Wild opens second half at Winnipeg

After a six-day break for the All-Star Game, the Wild returns with the third-best record in the Western Conference despite playing the fewest games.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.4 points and 9.5 rebounds this season and stands a good chance of being named an NBA All-Star reserve

Wolves-Detroit game preview: Home-and-home series starts with lowly Pistons

The Wolves climbed above .500 with Tuesday's victory over Denver. The Pistons, at 12-38, have the second-worst record in the NBA.
Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns played earlier this season in Denver.

Wolves gameday: MVP Nikola Jokic and Nuggets next at Target Center

Denver is 4-0 so far on a successful six-game road trip, while the Timberwolves are 14-10 at home this season, including a win over Utah on Sunday.
Devin Booker and the Suns have the NBA’s best record.

Wolves gameday: Phoenix has NBA's best record after eight-game win streak

The Suns have injury problems, but have managed to keep on winning at a torrid pace.
Adam Fox of the Rangers won the Norris Trophy last season as the NHL’s top defenseman.

Wild-Rangers game preview: Metropolitan-leading New York has high-scoring top line

The Wild is 6-0-1 in its past seven games as it begins a two-game swing in New York.
Wild goalie Cam Talbot.

Wild goalie Talbot eager for return to Madison Square Garden

After an injury scare Monday, when Cam Talbot played only the first two periods against the Canadiens, the goalie said he's feeling fine and ready to face the Rangers, his former employer.
Center Jusuf Nurkic and former Wolves forward Robert Covington have the Trail Blazers in 10th place — the final play-in spot — in the Western Conf

Timberwolves open three-game Western swing in Portland

The Blazers are without All-Star Damian Lillard, who had abdominal surgery earlier this month.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, left, watched the puck a moment before scoring the winning goal in the team’s most recent meeting with Chicago, on Feb.

After almost two years, Wild and Blackhawks resume their rivalry

The teams were in different divisions last season, and the last time they played, Bruce Boudreau was the Wild coach.
Wild vs. Blackhawks home-and-home preview

Wild vs. Blackhawks home-and-home preview

The teams play Friday night at United Center and Saturday in St. Paul.
The Timberwolves will face former coach Tom Thibodeau in New York.

Wolves-New York game preview: A near-.500 team vs. an at-.500 team

The Wolves look to climb back to .500 at Madison Square Garden.
Alex Ovechkin is chasing Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record.

Ovechkin, Capitals to face undermanned Wild at Xcel Energy Center

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin comes to town as the NHL's third-leading scorer, with his team playing well on road
Kirill Kaprizov, playing for the Wild in Saturday’s Winter Classic at Target Field, is sidelined because of an upper body injury.

Injured Kaprizov won't play Saturday; loss stings as Wild prepares to face Capitals

Coach Dean Evason says Thursday night's hit on Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov was not "a hockey play" and a big loss to his team and the NHL.
The Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns take on Oklahoma City again on Friday night.

Timberwolves gameday: It's Oklahoma City again, this time down south

The teams met on Wednesday, and the Wolves came away with an eight-point victory.
Josh Giddey of the Thunder became the youngest player in NBA history with a triple double on Sunday against Dallas.

Timberwolves gameday: Thunder rookie Giddey set NBA record in last game

The two teams will play Wednesday at Target Center, then meet again Friday night in Oklahoma City.
Dmitry Kulikov (29) and Frederick Gaudreau of the Wild had steam coming off their heads during Saturday’s game.

Winter Classic game recap

The Winter Classic drew 38,619 to Target Field on Saturday.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.0 points per game.

Wolves gameday: Five Minnesota players on protocol list, Jazz at full strength

Wolves try to get back to .500 against Jazz, the Northwest Division leader
Kirill Kaprizov of the Wild, who scored the winning goal in the 2018 Olympics for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, took a shot Monday against the Dal

NHL players won't go to Olympics because of COVID concerns

"Given the profound disruption to the NHL's regular-season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events ... Olympic participation is no longer feasible," commissioner Gary Bettman said.
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Wolves got past Mavs center Dwight Powell on Sunday.

Wolves gameday: Another matchup with Dallas, both teams shorthanded

Mavericks scoring leader Luka Doncic has missed four straight games because of a sprained ankle.
Austin Reaves was mobbed by teammates after hitting a winning three-pointer Wednesday in Dallas in overtime.

Wolves-L.A. Lakers game preview: COVID-19 sidelines four Lakers

Los Angeles guard Austin Reaves is the latest to be sidelined by the coronavirus.
United States’ Brock Faber checked Slovakia’s Rayen Petrovicky (12) during last year’s world junior tournament in Edmonton.

Four Minnesotans, three Gophers named to U.S. junior hockey team

Brock Faber returns after helping the Americans to a gold medal last time. Six Wild draft picks are in the tournament.
Bill Guerin

Wild's Guerin named GM of U.S. Olympic men's hockey team

Bill Guerin was an assistant to Stan Bowman, who resigned in October. The team will be named on New Year's Day. Guerin was a player on three Olympic teams.
Wayne Gallman

Vikings place Mattison on COVID-19 list, claim running back Gallman

Mattison, who has started three games this season, is unvaccinated and will miss Monday night's game in Chicago.
The Lynx will open next season against Seattle.

Lynx 2022 schedule set; season opens May 6 at Seattle

The home opener is May 8 vs. Washington at Target Center.
Leon Draisaitl won the NHL scoring title last season and was named the league’s MVP.

Wild gameday preview: Edmonton features NHL's top scorers Draisaitl, McDavid

The Oilers, who have the league's leading scorers in Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, are challenging for the top spot in the West currently held by Minnesota.
LaMelo Ball of the Hornets edged Anthony Edwards of the Wolves for the NBA Rookie of the Year award last season.

Gameday preview: Wolves head to Charlotte to face surging Hornets

The Wolves look to extend their winning streak and climb over .500 against a Charlotte team that has won seven of its past eight games.
Gameday preview: Winners of four straight, Timberwolves head to Miami

Gameday preview: Winners of four straight, Timberwolves head to Miami

The Wolves aim to reach a .500 season record.
Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the bench next to guard Russell Westbrook, forward Kent Bazemoreand forward Trevor Ariza

Wolves gameday: LeBron James unlikely to play for Lakers on Friday

The future Hall of Famer has been out this week because of an abdominal injury.
Twins catcher Alex Avila joked with Tony Oliva , right, during Spring Training in 2020.

Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat get another chance at Baseball Hall of Fame

The two former Twins are among 10 players on the Golden Days Era ballot, with voting taking place on Dec. 5.
Nikola Jokic is a three-time All-Star who won the NBA’s MVP award last season with Denver.

Gameday preview: Timberwolves vs. Denver

NBA MVP Nikola Jokic comes to Target Center as the Wolves continue a home-heavy opening stretch of games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame a knee injury to lead the Bucks to the NBA title last season.

Gameday preview: Wolves' first road game comes vs. NBA champions

Milwaukee is off to a 3-1 start after beating Phoenix last season for its second league title.
Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram moved the ball ahead during his team’s 117-97 loss to visiting Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Wolves gameday vs. New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is without Zion Williamson, who had offseason foot surgery, and has a new coach in Willie Green.
Cal Quantrill delivered a pitch against the Twins on Thursday in Cleveland.

Grudge match? Quantrill faces Twins tonight after kerfuffle in Cleveland

Cal Quantrill and Twins first baseman Miguel Sano exchanged words during Thursday's meeting between the teams.
Zach Parise, 37, had seven goals and 18 points for the Wild last season, when he was a healthy scratch early in the playoffs.

Parise, cut by Wild, lands with Islanders

After eight seasons in Minnesota, Zach Parise had his 13-year contract bought out this this summer.
Jordie Benn was playing for Dallas in this 2017 game when he checked Wild winger Nino Niederreiter.

Wild adds veteran defenseman Jordie Benn on one-year deal

The 34-year-old brother of Dallas captain Jamie Benn will be entering his 11th NHL season.
Carson Lambos

Wild signs one of its first-round picks, defenseman Carson Lambos

The 18-year-old defenseman will likely play in the Western Hockey League this season.
Nick Gordon played catch during spring training in March in Fort Myers, Fla.

Twins release 2022 Spring Training schedule

The games begin Feb. 25 and end March 29 in Fort Myers, Fla. with 17 home games at Hammond Stadium.