MINNESOTA SPORTS FAN DAILY – Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MSF Daily – 7/25/2017

Jaime Garcia is Finally a Minnesota Twin:

Jaime (Hi-me) Garcia acquired by the Twins on Monday, after the Braves played a few days of keep-away. The 31 year old veteran has a 4.30 ERA this season which is good for 4th best in our rotation. Garcia pitched last week agains the Dodgers and posted 7 solid innings, giving up 3 earned runs against the best team in baseball.

He hits grand slams too:

The Twins also received catcher Anthony Recker, and cash considerations for 19 year old Huascar Ynoa. The Twins still don’t know whether they should be buyers, or sellers, at the deadline…. I’m not judging them because neither do I.

Here is more on the Garcia acquisition.


Kyrie Still in Cleveland but things are getting ugly over there:

As the news that Kyrie wants out of Cleveland (for the wolves?!) settles in for Cleveland fans more reports surfaced today that LeBron leaked Kyrie wanting out. Stephan A. Smith also reported today that  and also saying that “LeBron would be tempted to beat Irving’s ass” if he were standing in front of him. The Cavs are looking for trade partners. Kyrie listed MN as a preferred destination.

Ap’s Jon Krawczynski said that the wolves are looking into the possibilities.

We are following the Kyrie story here.

B1G Media Day or Days? Started Monday on “Radio Row”:

Big Ten Media day started today on Radio Row. You can listen to Fleck on KFAN right here:

Listen to “Gopher Football Weekly w/ PJ Fleck LIVE from Chicago” on Spreaker.

The Gophers will be back doing media day stuff Tuesday. Here is a sweet poster:


DeLaSalle (SG) Gabe Kalscheur to commit tomorrow; Gophers said to be favorites:

Richard Pitino hopes to have just 1 scholarship left for 2018 after tomorrow evening. Gabe is a talented shooter who would seem to fit right into what the Gophers are going to need after landing big men Jarvis Thomas and Daniel Oturo for the same year. He would be joining a backcourt that will be led by Isaiah Washington, at that time, who excels at blowing by defenders with one of the quickest first steps I have ever seen, and then smoothly rolling his jelly into the net. If a team can’t rotate fast enough, he will hit open shooters all game long. Here is more from Marcus Fuller.

Get excited Gopher Bball fans:


The Vikings Rookies practiced and the Front Office made some “Can’t Play” List moves:

The Vikings placed Latavius Murray on the Physically Unable to Perform List and it seems to be unclear when he will be ready, according to the StarTribune. Sharrif Floyd was placed on the active/non football injury list. He has not played since last September and is having nerve issues possibly caused by a previous surgery.

What about Teddy you ask? Could he be acti… No. Teddy has not yet arrived in Mankato. He is expected to be placed on the PUP list when he reports tomorrow – StarTribune.

The Twins fall to the Dodgers 6-4 to fall 3.5 games back in Central:

Colon looked really good again early but lost everything with 1 out in the 5th inning.  He gave up 2 home runs and a triple in the inning. It will be interesting to see what he does after tonight. With the new acquisition of Garcia, Colon will likely see the door. Gibson has been optioned to (AAA) in spite of pitching well the other night. This move is stupid. But I know nothing and don’t matter.

Monday was a bit of a gut-punch after the Twins led the whole game, just to give it up on an 0-2 curveball from Rogers to Bellinger, in the 8th, that turned a 1-run lead into a 2 run deficit. The Twins would fail to score in the 9th and it was over just like that.

The Twins’ schedule gets a lot easier after Wednesday, when they finish the series against the Dodgers.  Their next 3 opponents (OAK, SD, TEX) all have records below .500. However, if they can’t right the ship against LA, it might not matter. Cleveland and Kansas City are hitting their stride right at the perfect time. The Twins seem to be losing theirs. Maybe that is the difference between a playoff team and a non-playoff team.

Here is the ESPN Game Recap.

Eric Strack, Caleb Strack @CalebStrack
Minnesota Sports Fan @RealMNSportsFan

Sources: StarTribune, Baseball-Reference, BleacherReport, ESPN

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