• Justin Morneau spent almost a month in the Twin Cities awaiting the birth of his third child, and last week the former Twins first baseman reported back to the Colorado Rockies, taking batting practice. The 34-year-old is hopeful that the concussion that has sidelined him since May will heal and he will be able to resume his playing career. He is under contract for 2016. … Michael Cuddyer has missed some time with the Mets this season to injury, the latest to his left knee, landing him on the disabled list. But the former Twins star expects to play first base and right field when he returns, hopefully next weekend. He had been playing left, but the Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit on Friday.
• Twins President Dave St. Peter is confident the team will exceed 2 million fans after some smaller crowds earlier this year. The Twins announced crowds of at least 30,000 for each game of their current nine-game homestand before a crowd of 27,643 Friday.
• One high school football player the Gophers are recruiting hard is Antoine Winfield Jr., son of the former Vikings star. Winfield Jr. lives in the Woodlands, Texas, but the fact that he grew up in the Eden Prairie area while his dad was playing here could help. How good an athlete is the young Winfield? Recently the 5-10 corner was timed in a 4.27-second 40-yard dash while visiting Ohio State, where his dad played.
• The ability to recruit Gary Trent Jr., the Apple Valley basketball standout whose father played for the Timberwolves, is going to be a real test for Gophers coach Richard Pitino. Just about every top national program is after him. … Another son of a former NBA player's son being recruited hard is Ishmael El-Amin of Hopkins, whose father, Khalid, starred at Minneapolis North before leading Connecticut to an NCAA title.