#MPRaccoon is our favorite Minnesota athlete of the week
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This raccoon (↑ UP)
AKA the #MPRaccoon. It scaled the 25-story UBS building in downtown St. Paul, which, if we're being honest, is easily the sports highlight of the week. If you somehow missed out on the most talked-about local news item since the Super Bowl (social media tracked the raccoon's progress, crowds gathered to watch, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn got involved, etc.), Minnesota Public Radio has you covered. Don't worry: the raccoon reached the roof safely, before being released somewhere in the suburbs by Wildlife Management Services.
Minnesota Lynx (↓ DOWN)
The Lynx fell 89-75 to the Connecticut Sun or the weekend. The loss drops them to 3-6. For virtually any other team a slow start wouldn't be much of a story, but for a team that lost just six all of last season, it's pretty big news. Minnesota has reached double digits in the loss column just once since drafting Maya Moore No. 1 overall in 2011, and didn't suffer their sixth loss until Aug. 20 last year.
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Jake Cave, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
Cave's fifth game was a wild one. The 25-year-old rookie went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored, a double and a home run Sunday in his fifth appearance. A Twins rookie hasn't posted numbers like that in game No. 5 (or earlier) since Tony Oliva.
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T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals forward (↑ UP)
Like the rest of the Caps, Oshie has been partying since winning the Stanley Cup last week. The Warroad, Minn., native (yes, he's technically from Washington state, but we're claiming him) has been gleefully chugging beers through his shirt for almost a week now, and led the "back-to-back" chant during their championship parade.
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Miguel Sano, Twins infielder (↓ DOWN)
Sano's struggles are well documented. He's slashing .208/.227/.417 this year with just seven home runs. Things aren't exactly looking up either. He's still striking out at a frightening rate and is just 6-for-33 at the plate so far this month.
Ehire Adrianza, Twins infielder (↑ UP)
Adrianza lifted the Twins to a dramatic win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday with a grand slam, the first of his career. The switch-hitting infielder powered the Twins to a 6-4 win, and lifted them back into second place in the AL Central.