Former Twins coach Jeff Pickler has accepted a position on manager David Bell's staff with the Cincinnati Reds. Pickler spent the past two seasons as the coordinator of major league development on Paul Molitor's staff.
The Twins replaced Molitor with Rocco Baldelli after last season while announcing that Pickler would be reassigned elsewhere in the organization, with the understanding that he could pursue jobs with other organizations.
His responsibilities with the Twins included working with the outfielders and assisting with game strategy, and he will have a similar role with the Reds.
Chris Gimenez, who played 87 games for the Twins over the past two seasons — including seven as a mop-up pitcher — was named "game planning" coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Gimenez, 35, played 10 major league seasons as a catcher for the Twins, Texas, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Cleveland and the Cubs.
He came back to the Twins in early September in a trade for backup catcher Bobby Wilson.
U heavyweight Steveson in tourney final
Freshman Gable Steveson of the Gophers defeated Cory Daniel of North Carolina 9-3 in the heavyweight semifinals of the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.
Top-seeded Steveson, 12-0, will wrestle Tate Orndorff of Utah Valley in the championship match on Saturday night.
Sean Russell of the Gophers finished third at 125 pounds and Ethan Lizak fourth at 133.
U women win seven events
The Gophers women's track and field team won seven events Friday at the SDSU Holiday Open in Brookings, S.D. Among the winners were Kelli Schmidt in the 800-meter run (2:11.64), Lorean Murray in the triple jump (39-7) and Ashley Ramacher in the pentathlon (3,456).
Competing unattached, Kayla Vogt won the 600 (1:35.82), Nayoka Clunis the shot put (53-¾) and Kaitlyn Long the weight throw (79-1¼).