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As we get closer to NBA free agency and ever-exploding salaries (five-year max deals for more than $200 million), it will be interesting to see which teams decide to pass on paying their stars — and whether the Timberwolves will be able to enter the fray to scoop anyone up.

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It's actually kind of a relief these days when the Twins play midweek games on the EastCoast because the 6 p.m. start time means they might actually finish at a reasonable hour. Twins at Orioles, FSN.

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"I try to look on the bright side. I think it is amazing that we are at least even TALKING about Gopher softball, much less about Gophers in the NCAA softball tournament. Do any of you remember what it was like 10 years ago?"

"CammieTime" commenting on startribune.com.

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"Twins currently lead MLB in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). Last 10 to lead in that category averaged 92 wins + 3 World Series winners (!!)"

@PhilMackey