Twins’ Rosario gets hot right in time for All-Star starters election
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Eddie Rosario, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
Rosario continues to rake and his timing couldn’t be more impeccable, with the voting for All-Star Game starters underway and the winners being announced Thursday night. Rosario had 11 hits this past week (a .407 average), including two four-hit games. He had two doubles, a home run and drove in seven runs. Rosario enters play Wednesday second in the American League in RBI (57), sixth in home runs (20) and eighth in total bases (156). Oh, he also has four outfield assists. It’s not going to be easy for Rosario to finish in the top three, what with there being a pair of former MVPs (Mookie Betts and Mike Trout) as well as a Yankee (Aaron Judge). But maybe people have been paying attention, especially lately. They should.
Willians Astudillo, Twins utility (↑ UP)
Is there anything La Tortuga can’t do? Recalled from the minors last week, Astudillo had a pair of three-hit games, played four different positions -- catcher, second base, third base and right field – and made this catch on Tuesday, making just his second career start in right. Seriously, what can’t he do?
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Miguel Sano, Twins third baseman (↓ DOWN)
With Marwin Gonzalez on the injured list, Sano is getting the majority of playing time at third base. While he did hit two home runs last week, he only had three hits overall and struck out 13 times in 20 at-bats.
Odyssey Sims, Lynx guard (↑ UP)
Coming into the season one big question was who would take over the scoring slack left by the departed (for now) Maya Moore? Sims has stepped into that breach. She’s scored 20+ points in three of her last four games, including both of the Lynx’s games this past week (which also happened to be Minnesota victories). Sims had 20 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, and four assists vs. New York on Saturday then poured in 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals at Indiana on Tuesday. She made all eight of her free-throw attempts, including two late to help seal the win.
Napheesa Collier, Lynx forward (↑ UP)
Minnesota’s top draft pick this year had her best week since scoring 27 points in her pro debut. Collier had 19 points – her most since that 27-point outing – with career-highs nine rebounds and four steals against the Liberty, then had 16 points vs. the Fever. In those two games she made 12 of 19 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land. Collier leads all WNBA rookies with 12.3 points per game.
Amir Coffey, former Gopher guard (↓ DOWN)
Coffey, perhaps surprisingly, decided to remain in the NBA draft after averaging a team-high 16.6 points as a junior. When the draft was over, Coffey was still without a team. He eventually signed a two-way contract with the Clippers, which is better than just getting a Summer League invite but obviously not as good as being drafted. Could he have improved his stock by staying as a senior? Hard to say, but 12 seniors were taken in this year’s draft although of those just three went in the first round.
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Ryan Saunders, Timberwolves head coach (↑ UP)
It’s been quite the month for Saunders. Just two weeks after having the interim label removed and named the Wolves’ head coach, Saunders welcomed his first child on June 6. His work family got bigger, too. Saunders hired David Vanterpool as associate head coach on June 19 and Pablo Prigioni as an assistant on June 25. And then there was last Thursday at the draft when Minnesota added guards Jarret Culver (OK, the Wolves won’t officially have Culver until July 6, but we know what’s what) and Jaylen Nowell. It’s been quite the offseason already for Saunders … and it’s only just begun.