Amidst breakout season, Twins’ Escobar keeps doubling down
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Eduardo Escobar, Twins infielder (↑ UP)
Escobar smacked two more doubles Tuesday night, helping the Twins to a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. He now has a big league-leading 32 doubles on the season, and is on pace to match his previous career-high of 35 doubles … any minute now, probably. Escobar has been particularly clutch over the last month, slugging a monstrous 1.240 with runners in scoring position over the last 30 days, the best such mark in the majors. That's more than double the league average of .440 over that span. He's now hitting .305/.355/.586 on the season with a .941 OPS.
Minnesota Whitecaps (↑ UP)
The Whitecaps will have plenty of homegrown talent when the formerly-independent women's pro team makes its National Women's Hockey League debut this fall. Gold medalists Hannah Brandt and Lee Stecklein signed with the Whitecaps on Wednesday morning. Both 24, Brandt and Stecklein helped the Gophers to three national championships and won gold in Pyeongchang last winter. The Whitecaps will also have a familiar face in goal. Former Gophers goalie Amanda Laveille became the team's first NWHL signing Monday, joining the Whitecaps after spending two seasons with Buffalo, where she won the league's Goaltender of the Year award last season.
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Minnesota United FC (↓ DOWN)
The Loons were knocked out of this year's U.S. Open Cup in the round of 16, falling 1-0 to MLS league-mate Houston Dynamo. Minnesota took down USL squad FC Cincinnati in the fourth round. Founded in 1914, the tournament pits professional and amateur squads from various leagues and divisions against each other.
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Jose Berrios, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
Berrios was solid again in the Twins' win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, striking out six while allowing three walks in 6 1/3 innings. He didn't have his best stuff -- Berrios allowed a solo homer with two outs in the sixth and hit a batter -- but held a Boston squad that ranks second in the American League with 373 runs scored in check.
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Jamal Crawford, (reportedly) former Wolves guard (↓ DOWN)
Farewell, @JCrossover. Au revoir, shake 'n bake. Yahoo's Shams Charania reports that Crawford will opt out of his player option and enter free agency. The veteran sixth man's departure has been heavily rumored for weeks, but official word on his status appears to be imminent. Crawford was one of the Wolves' few reliable bodies off the bench in his 18th season, averaging 10.3 points per game.
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Everson Griffen, Vikings defensive end (↑ UP)
Griffen is on the rise in the latest edition of the NFL's top-100 players list. The nine-year veteran broke in at No. 92 last year, but jumped all the way up to No. 19 in his second appearance on the list. Some comps: Griffen is one spot behind Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and one spot ahead of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. He's currently the third-highest ranked defensive end on the list, behind No. 14 Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars and No. 16 Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders, and 10th to appear. Griffen had a career-high 13 sacks a year ago despite a nagging foot injury, logging 10 sacks in his first eight games.