Midweek Stock Report: Milone becomes a dad, dominates Detroit
Every Wednesday, FOX Sports North takes a look at which athletes’ stock is trending up and whose is trending down.
In other words, who is making a meteoric rise, and who is quickly plummeting.
With that in mind, let’s "take stock" of the current sports scene in Minnesota, shall we?
Jones led the Minnesota Timberwolves to the NBA Summer League championship game this past week, scoring at least 20 points in the team’s final four games. The second-year guard averaged 20.4 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game during league play, shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from 3-point range and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. The 20-year-old is trying to earn more playing time in a Timberwolves backcourt that includes Ricky Rubio and No. 5 draft pick Kris Dunn and likely helped his case with a strong tournament.
The 29-year-old Milone became a dad this past week, as he and his wife had a baby daughter named Mia Jean. The new dad then pitched a season-high 8 1/3 innings Tuesday in a win over the Detroit Tigers, allowing just four hits and two runs. Milone is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA this month, less than four weeks after his spot in the rotation appeared in question, and has lowered his season ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April.
Augustus returned from a three-game injury absence Friday to score 20 points in an 88-70 Minnesota Lynx win over the New York Liberty. The 32-year-old followed that up with 14 points, including a game-winning fadeaway jumper in overtime Sunday, as the Lynx defeated the Dallas Wings 98-97 in overtime. Augustus reached 5,000-career regular-season points in the win and passed Candice Dupree to become 16th on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list earlier in the week.
The Minnesota Timberwolves forward and star of the Serbian national team will miss the Olympics because of an inflamed nerve in his right foot. The injury news comes after an NBA season in which Bjelica, 28, missed about a month because of a right foot strain.
Gibson allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits over six innings in a loss to Cleveland on Sunday, yielding a hit in every inning he pitched. The fourth-year starter has a .306 batting average against this month and a 5.12 ERA on the season (though his Fielding Independent Pitching is 4.40).
Sano has played exclusively third base in the field since his return from the disabled list July 1, and the results have been mixed. The 23-year-old has seven errors in 12 games at third base, including two in the Twins’ win over Cleveland on Saturday. Sano has made several strong plays in the field in the past month (see below), but there have been growing pains as he transitions to a position at which he’s played just 26 games in the majors.
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