Joe Ryan, Twins pitcher (⬆️ UP then ⬇️ DOWN then ⬆️ UP)
It was a roller coaster of an outing for Ryan on Tuesday afternoon. Starting the first game of a doubleheader against Cleveland, Ryan whiffed five hitters and allowed one run on three hits across five innings of work. But in the sixth inning, a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Myles Straw hit Ryan in the right wrist. The 25-year-old didn’t even wait for the trainers to come out to the field and instead took himself out of the game, chucking his glove into the dugout. Uh oh. By that reaction, Ryan’s short- and long-term future on the mound looked like it was in jeopardy. Luckily, we received good news after the game. Ryan’s X-rays came back negative (indicating it’s not a serious injury). In his postgame press conference, Ryan waved and gave a peace sign to reporters as he fielded questions. He was self-deprecating, saying he should’ve handled the situation better and he feels fine. Ryan also said when he was growing up, his dad used to fire tennis balls at him after he threw pitches to practice fielding comebackers. “He’s gonna be back on me with those drills this offseason,” Ryan said. “That’s not going to be fun.”
Twins right-hander Joe Ryan in good spirits after leaving game with injury
Minnesota Lynx starting five (⬆️ UP)
All five of the Lynx starters scored in double figures during the 90-80 win over Indiana on Sunday night. Napheesa Collier led the way with 22 points, followed by Sylvia Fowles (18), Aerial Powers (17), Kayla McBride (12) and Crystal Dangerfield (11). The Lynx (20-10) have now won seven of their last eight games and sit alone in third place after Seattle (20-11) lost Sunday night to the Los Angeles Sparks. With two games remaining in the regular season, head coach Cheryl Reeve in a great position to clinch a first-round bye, awarded to the top four teams.
K.J. Osborn, Vikings receiver (⬆️ UP)
Osborn didn’t play a single snap on offense as a rookie in 2020. But on Sunday, the former Miami Hurricanes receiver was all over the field. He tallied the second-most receptions (7) and receiving yards (76) on the Vikings and saw the same number of targets from quarterback Kirk Cousins as budding star Justin Jefferson (9). All offseason long the conversation around the Vikings offense was Cousins doesn’t have anyone to throw to other than Adam Thielen and Jefferson. But … maybe he does?
Luis Arraez, Twins infielder (⬇️ DOWN)
Arraez is off to an uncharacteristic start to the first half of September, batting .209/.271/.279 with seven strikeouts in 13 games (10 starts). He’s 2-for-19 over his last six contests and owns a .111 BABIP in that span.
Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (⬆️ UP)
Buxton went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in Tuesday’s doubleheader, but that doesn’t erase his fantastic weekend. In his four previous games the outfielder collected seven hits in 17 at-bats (.412 average) with one double, three home runs, three RBI and six runs scored. It’s so good having him back in the lineup.
Nick Vigil, Vikings linebacker (⬆️ UP)
Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, Vigil stepped in as a starting linebacker in Anthony Barr’s absence against Cincinnati. He finished second on the team with 10 tackles and also tallied one sack, one quarterback hit and two tackles for loss. Vigil’s play earned him praise from Mike Zimmer after the game, which is hard to do after a loss.