Adam Thielen, Vikings wide receiver (⬇️ DOWN)
The Minnesota wideout threw out the first pitch at the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Mankato, a homecoming of sorts for the former Minnesota State Mankato star. While his toss to home plate wasn’t exactly mirroring 50 Cent, it nevertheless got a collective groan from a record-setting crowd at ISG Field. As Thielen aptly put it, “that’s why I’m a wide receiver.” Good news, Adam, training camp starts Tuesday so you can go back to your regular job.
Mitch Garver, Twins catcher (⬆️ UP)
Not having played for Minnesota since June 1, Garver returned to action in style. Back in the lineup July 19 at Chicago, Garver socked homers in his first two at-bats. Welcome back, Mitch!
Josh Donaldson, Twins third baseman (⬆️ UP)
With the July 30 trade deadline approaching, it might not be a bad time for Donaldson’s stock to be rising. In six games in the past week he posted a 1.061 OPS (.391 OBP and .611 SLG), socking a pair of homers and driving in four runs, which led the Twins over that six-game span.
J.A. Happ, Twins starting pitcher (⬇️ DOWN)
On the flip side of Donaldson there’s veteran hurler Happ. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits in seven innings Sunday while serving up two home runs. Happ has allowed a dinger in nine straight games – and 15 overall in that span. He’s allowed 1.91 HR/9 this season, sixth in the majors (min. 70 innings).
Minnesota United (⬆️ UP)
Not only did the Loons end Seattle’s 13-game unbeaten streak, the longest such streak in MLS history to open a season, with a 1-0 victory Sunday, but also Minnesota just happens to be 5-1-3 in its last nine games.