Twins newcomer Schoop getting into a groove at the plate
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Jonathan Schoop, Twins second baseman (↑ UP)
One of the Twins' newcomers is heating up. Schoop hit .357/.379/.750 with a 1.129 OPS last week with seven extra-base hits. He hit two home runs in the second game of a doubleheader with Baltimore -- where he spent six seasons -- on Saturday.
Iowa Wild (↑ UP)
The baby Wild are a playoff team for the first time. Iowa clinched a playoff berth in their final regular-season game, the first in franchise history, and are cruising in the playoffs thanks to an assist from the big club. Minnesota reassigned forwards Luke Kunin, Ryan Donato and Jordan Greenway -- three members of their highly-touted young core -- to the AHL earlier this month. The trio arrived just in time. The Wild currently have a 2-0 series lead on first-round opponent Milwaukee, and have outscored the Admirals a combined 13-1. Kunin and Donato lead Iowa with four points each through two playoff games, while Greenway has a pair of assists.
Marwin Gonzalez, Twins infielder (↓ DOWN)
Gonzalez was among the Twins' more intriguing offseason pickups after helping the Astros to a World Series title in 2017, but he's struggled at the plate early this season. Gonzalez is hitting .177/.250/.242 with just two extra-base hits so far. He hit .303/.377/.530 during the Astros championship run.
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Eddie Rosario, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
A few months after avoiding arbitration and signing a one-year, $4.19 million deal with the Twins, Rosario is off to the hottest start of his major-league career. He went off against the Orioles, hitting three home runs in that doubleheader after hitting two homers in the Twins' previous game, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rosario has nine hits in his last six games, and is batting .274/.315/.679 on the season, with a team-leading 10 home runs, the most ever for a Twins player in March and April.
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Blake Parker, Twins reliever (↑ UP)
The closer role has been something of an open question under new manager Rocco Baldelli, but Parker has looked sharp at times early on. Parker picked up his fourth save last Wednesday in a 4-1 win over Toronto, then pitched the ninth against Houston on Monday, allowing just one hit.
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Rick Spielman, Vikings GM (↓ DOWN)
Head coach Mike Zimmer loves his defense, but if Spielman doesn't address the Vikings' offensive line early Thursday night, his wife will have something to say about it. "My wife said 'if you draft another corner, don't come home,'" Spielman told reporters during a pre-draft presser Tuesday. Mrs. Spielman has a point.
Minnesota Lynx (↑ UP)
The Lynx announced last week that Lindsay Whalen's No. 13 jersey will be retired this season, and promptly traded for a player infamous for her battles with the Minnesota legend. Former Los Angeles Sparks guard Odyssey Sims is now a member of the Lynx. She and Whalen have quite a bit of history, including a nasty-looking flagrant during the 2017 WNBA Finals.