NBA players make a big deal out of their NBA2K ratings (if you didn't understand that sentence feel free to move on to the next slide), and Towns has plenty to brag about this year. Towns will have an overall rating of 91 out of 100 when the game launches this fall, making him one of the highest-rated players revealed so far. He joins Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 91, and trails only Steph Curry (94), Kawhi Leonard (95), Kevin Durant (96) and LeBron James (97).
Michael Cuddyer, former Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
He's being honored Saturday, when Minnesota will induct him into the Twins Hall of Fame. Cuddyer may not have had the most thrilling career, but his importance to the Twins' organization is tough to overstate. A crucial cog on the successful Twins teams of the mid-aughts, Cuddyer was a versatile position player whose bat eventually earned him two All-Star nods and a Silver Slugger award. He's also pretty good at card tricks.
Bartolo Colon, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Colon has navigated the doldrums of his age-44 season with pinpoint command and sheer enthusiasm, but things came apart at the seams Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. He was charged with a balk for the first time in over a decade and allowed seven hits -- including three home runs -- in five innings of work.
Sylvia Fowles, Lynx center (↑ UP)
She's the MVP, right? Fowles was named the Western Conference Player of the Week again Monday, the fifth time this seasons that she's won the award. She had double doubles in both of her appearances last week, racking up 27 points, 13 points and four blocks in a win over Atlanta and registering 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.
Buxton was at it again Tuesday, reaching over the wall to rob Indians first baseman Edwin Encarnacion of a home run. His bat has come around too. Buxton is hitting .318/.367/.409 this month, and has a five-game hit streak going.
Buddy Boshers, Twins reliever (↓ DOWN)
Things started out poorly for Boshers when he kicked off a quick relief appearance Tuesday with a walk. They got worse in a hurry. A steal, a single and a home run later Boshers was back on the bench after facing just five batters.