Someone, somewhere is calculating the amount of free advertising Escobar is giving Fogo de Chao, the infielder’s favorite restaurant he credits in interviews after every big game. “Mighty Mouse” went 5-for-8 with five RBI in Tuesday’s doubleheader at Target Field, bringing his totals last week (since May 30) to a wild .428 with four homers, five doubles and 13 RBI. Put up the Esky statue already, Fogo.
Fernando Rodney, Twins closer (↑ UP)
Rodney allowed seven runs in his first eight appearances (6 2/3 innings) with the Twins. Since then? Opponents have managed one run in his last 14 appearances (14 1/3 innings). His 13 saves are tied for sixth in the American League.
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Sylvia Fowles, Lynx center (↓ DOWN)
The Minnesota Lynx have lost four straight games for the first time since 2010 — the season before they selected Maya Moore No. 1 overall in the draft. Fowles, the 2017 WNBA MVP, is continuing to fill out the stat sheet (16.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game), but she’s turned the ball over 4+ times in five of seven games. Fowles committed 4+ turnovers in five games all of last season.
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Bob Motzko, Gophers men's hockey coach (↑ UP)
Motzko hasn't wasted any time since signing on to coach the Gophers earlier this year. Forwards Garrett Pinoniemi and Bryce Brodzinski -- both formerly committed to St. Cloud -- have indicated on Twitter that they're headed to Minnesota. Forward Ben Meyers, who once gave a verbal commitment to Nebraska Omaha, has also flipped and more are reportedly on the way. Motzko's Gophers should also get a major boost on the blue line next season as well. The Star Tribune reports that 17-year-old Edina defenseman Ben Brinkman intends to accelerate his education and join the Gophers in time for the 2018-19 season.
Minnesota Gophers baseball (↑ UP)
It took three wins — two over the storied program at UCLA — but the Gophers are rowing their boats into the Super Regionals for the first time since the NCAA adopted the format in 1999. Minnesota begins its best-of-three series against Oregon State on Friday, where they’ll face outfielder Trevor Larnach, who the Twins selected 20th overall in the MLB draft Monday.
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