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Rox Fall in Game 1 of Doubleheader

The St. Cloud Rox fell to the Mankato MoonDogs 9-2 in game 1 of a split day-night doubleheader Tuesday at Franklin Rogers park. The MoonDogs erupted for 6 runs in the 5th inning and pounded out 18 hits on the day

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Photo Credit: Dave Overlund
Photo Credit: Dave Overlund
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High School Recap: Crusaders win State 2A Title

The Cathedral Crusaders completed a thrilling 7th inning rally to defeat Fairmont 5-4 at Target Field and win the Class 2A State Tournament. Cathedral was down 4-1 in the 7th inning and was able to rally to both tie and take the lead against Fairmont to complete the improbably comeback

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Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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2014 MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

93-69 (2013, 1st in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(2nd) Batting Average (1st) On-Base%(2nd) Slugging%(2nd)
Pitching- ERA(9th) Quality Starts(1st) WHIP(9th) Batting Average Against(8th)

Notable Additions: Ian Kinsler, Joe Nathan, Stephen Lombardozzi, Joba Chamberlain, Rajai Davis.

They will win if: If Brad Ausmus can fill Jim Leyland's shoes; If Joe Nathan can solve the Tiger

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Photo - Jay Caldwell
Photo - Jay Caldwell
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Buffalo Survives 5 Overtimes to Beat Tech [AUDIO]

The Buffalo Bison defeated the Tech Tigers 83-75 in 5 overtimes in the Section 8-4A Finals from Monticello High School Thursday night. Buffalo advances to play in the State Tournament against a yet to be determined opponent

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Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images
Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images
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2014 MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals

 

Kansas City Royals

86-76 (2013, 2nd in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(18th) Batting Average (9th) On-Base%(16th) Slugging%(24th)
Pitching- ERA(6th) Quality Starts(3rd) WHIP(10th) Batting Average Against(14th)
 
Notable Additions:
Jason Vargas, Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Ramon Hernandez

They will win if: They can avoid a second half slide; If the offense finds more power; If the bullpen repeats last year's success; If Hosmer and Moustakas can rebound from off years; If Aoki can be a table-setter; If Vargas can pitch like a #2 starter; If Cain, Escobar and Perez can prove they are Capable of being starters; If Ned Yost can get this team to believe in themselves.

More Likely Result: This Royals team is extremely talented. But for whate

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High School Recap: State Quarterfinals

The Cathedral Crusaders won Wednesday night in the State Quarterfinals against Totino-Grace 4-3 in overtime at the Xcel Energy Center. The Crusaders got 2 goals from Matt Fritz and the game-winner from Erik Gabdois with time winding down in Overtime

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Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images
Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images
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2014 MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians

92-70 (2013, 2nd in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(5th) Batting Average (13th) On-Base%(7th) Slugging%(9rd)
Pitching- ERA(15th) Quality Starts(27th) WHIP(21st) Batting Average Against(11th)
Notable Additions:  John Axford, Josh Outman, David Murphy, Marc Rzepczynski

They will win if: The team as a whole can stay healthy; The offense produces like it did last year; the bullpen can hold leads; either Aaron Harang or Shaun Marcum make an impact; Justin Masterson becomes an ace; John Axford can regain his form; Yan Gomes can handle being a full time catcher.

More Likely Result: Much like the White Sox, the Indians are also st

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Photo Credit: Dave Overlund
Photo Credit: Dave Overlund
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High School Recap: Section 5AA Sub-Section Finals

The Cathedral Crusaders fall to the Annandale Cardinals 63-61 in the Section 5AA Sub-Section Finals Tuesday night at Buffalo High School. The Cardinals advance to take on #1 seed Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead March 7th at 7:30 at Halenbeck Hall

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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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2014 MLB Preview: Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

66-96 (2013, 4th in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(25th) Batting Average (25th) On-Base%(20th) Slugging%(23rd)
Pitching- ERA(29th) Quality Starts(30th) WHIP(28th) Batting Average Against(30th)

Notable Additions:  Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kurt Suzuki, Matt Guerrier, Jason Kubel, Jason Bartlett

They will win if: Willingham and Kubel can provide lineup protection for Mauer; someone produces in the leadoff spot; the starting pitching holds the entire season; Glen Perkins and Casey Fien can hold leads; Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer both make the team and contribute THIS YEAR; Target Field regains its home-field advantage; Pedro Florimon starts to hit; Josmil Pinto takes the reins at catcher without stumbling.

More Likely Result: The Twins just don’t have enough offense to complement the improvements made to their starting rotation. News last week that Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season has already taken wind out of the sails. The Twins will also have to play one of the to

Brian Kersey/Getty Images
Brian Kersey/Getty Images
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2014 MLB Preview: Chicago White Sox

Over the next 2 weeks I will be taking an in depth look at the 2014 Major League Baseball Season. I will start in the AL Central and branch out from there in order of expected standings. After all divisions have been dissected I will have a simulation of the season with awards and playoff teams and the winner of the World Series. Th

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