Jorge Polanco, Twins infielder (⬆️ UP)
It’s not a hot streak anymore. It’s just who Polanco is. The infielder notched his 10th career game with 4+ hits (second this season) Monday, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and one homer against Cleveland. He’s the seventh Twins player to tally four extra-base hits in a single game. Since the All-Star break, Polanco ranks fifth in baseball in total hits (61) and home runs (15) and is among the top-10 leaders in doubles (14), RBI (40), batting average (.328) and OPS (1.027).
Dylan Wright, Gophers receiver (⬆️ UP)
With Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman now both in the NFL, head coach P.J. Fleck is hoping a new star emerges for Minnesota at wide receiver. He might have something here in Wright, a transfer from Texas A&M. In his Gophers debut last Thursday, Wright led the team with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in an impressive catch in the end zone over Ohio State cornerback Lejond Cavazos for his first career collegiate score. Mossed!
Anthony Barr, Vikings linebacker (⬇️ DOWN)
Will Barr will play in the Vikings' season opener Sunday? Nobody seems to know. Barr was spotted in practice Wednesday for the first time since early August, but he wore a sleeve on his right leg during drills. Head coach Mike Zimmer says he’s not sure if Barr will suit up against Cincinnati. The linebacker missed all but two games last season due to a torn pectoral muscle. Getting him back healthy into the front seven of the Vikings defense will do wonders for Zimmer’s favorite unit.
Babies in the clubhouse (⬆️ UP)
Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli left the team Sunday to be there for the birth of his daughter, Louisa Sunny Baldelli. Following the Twins’ victory over Cleveland on Tuesday, outfielder Brent Rooker announced he’s expecting his daughter to be born in the next few days. Someone better check to make sure the clubhouse is stocked with diapers.
Bill Evers, Twins fill-in manager (⬆️ UP)
When Baldelli left in the eighth inning of the Twins’ 6-5 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, Evers took over the managerial duties. Minnesota hasn’t lost under his leadership, beating Cleveland 5-2 on Monday and 3-0 on Tuesday night. The 67-year-old will retire at the end of this season after a 46-year career in in professional baseball as a minor-league skipper, scout and bench coach. Not a bad way to end it.
Mohamed Ibrahim, Gophers running back (⬇️ DOWN)
Ibrahim suffered a season-ending leg injury during Minnesota’s loss to Ohio State last week, likely putting an end to his Gophers career. Ibrahim finishes his time in Minnesota ranked eighth in program history with 3,003 career rushing yards and third with an average of 103.6 yards per contest. (We broke his numbers down further here.) While Ibrahim won’t be in maroon and gold next season, Gophers fans will be rooting loudly for him in the NFL.