Daniel Faalele, Gophers offensive tackle (⬆️ UP)
Is Tanner Morgan’s starting quarterback job in jeopardy? It just might be. During the annual maroon-and-gold spring game Saturday, the 6-foot-9, 400-pound Faalele stood in the shotgun on second-and-goal from the 4-yard line. He took the snap, took one step in and lobbed a pass into the end zone to tight end Ko Kieft for six points. An absolute dime.
Twins bullpen (⬇️ DOWN)
Oh boy. It happened again. Minnesota entered the ninth inning Wednesday with a 3-1 advantage over Texas, but Taylor Rogers coughed up the lead, and the two teams went into extra innings. Brandon Waddell toed the rubber in the 10th and only managed to get two outs while surrendering three runs (two earned). Minnesota didn’t score in its half of the 10th, and the Twins lost 6-3 and dropped to 0-6 in extra-inning games. But wait, there’s more. The Twins are 11-7 in nine-inning games, and they are 0-10 in all other contests (seven-inning or extra-inning tilts).
Kevin Fiala, Wild forward (⬆️ UP)
Fiala en fuego. The 24-year-old winger has tallied multiple points in each of the last three contests, and he found the back of the net in overtime Saturday to complete the Wild’s furious comeback in a 4-3 win over St. Louis. With Fiala and Kirill Kaprizov playing as well as they are, Minnesota is truly never out of a game.
Anthony Edwards, Wolves guard (⬆️ UP)
Edwards was named the Western Conference’s top rookie of the month Tuesday. It was his second straight monthly honor. In 16 games last month, Edwards averaged 21.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 34.4% from 3-point range, his best single-month clip of his young career.
Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (⬆️ UP)
After being named the American League Player of the Month for his efforts in April on Monday, Buxton has kept things rolling in May. He clobbered his ninth home run Tuesday night, which ranks second in all of baseball, while his batting average sits in third (.386). Buxton also made yet another Superman catch in center field, robbing Rangers outfielder David Dahl of a hit in the seventh inning.
Ricky Rubio, Wolves guard (⬆️ UP)
Surrounded by scorers like Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, Rubio is averaging 8.4 points per contest on the season, the lowest mark of his career and just the second time he’s registered single-digit points. But the Spanish guard went off for 26 points in the Wolves’ 126-114 victory over Golden State last week, nailing five 3-pointers for the second time this season.