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Patrick Reusse

Reusse: As young Twins, Koskie was Ortiz's mischievous brother

Twins teammates Corey Koskie (47) and David Ortiz in 2002.

David Ortiz was the 'Big O' in Minnesota, and he offered perfect reactions as a prank target: profane, steamed and non-violent.

Reusse: Gophers make sweet softball music despite their challenges

Gophers softball coach Jamie Trachsel watched from the dugout during a super regional game against LSU at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

A northern climate is a big disadvantage for baseball and softball, but when you take on the challenge and reach the Women's College World Series, it's an amazing experience.

Reusse: Twins' turnaround started with turtle who thought he was hare

Yoan Moncada (10) of the Chicago White Sox tags out Willians Astudillo (64) of the Minnesota Twins after a rundown between third base and home plate d

There's no answer as to how a Twins team of modest expectations turned into a juggernaut. So, let's offer a theory for the source.

Reusse: Twins vs. White Sox brings memories of Holtzman: 'The Dean'

Reusse: Twins vs. White Sox brings memories of Holtzman: 'The Dean'

The White Sox are the only team that has been in the same grouping -- league or division -- with Twins since they arrived in Minnesota in 1961.

Reusse: Timberwolves selling buzzwords instead of basketball

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, left, new Wolves President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, center, and Wolves CEO Ethan Casson, pose

The entire televised non-news conference with Gersson Rosas was intended to carry this message: 'We know that you as fans came to dislike Tom Thibodeau. Well, we didn't like him, either.'

Reusse: Decision on keeping Saunders will say a lot about Rosas

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders

Gersson Rosas arrives to bring fresh ideas to an organization with one playoff appearance in 15 years. Is he also here with orders to keep Ryan Saunders as coach?

Reusse: Prototype linebacker and cranky columnist had long, friendly feud

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman left hugged Scott Studwell after he announced that Studwell was retiring after after a 42-year playing and scout

During his playing career, Scott Studwell, the just-retired Vikings executive, assumed the role of primary protectorate of the locker room against media members not considered to be full supporters of the squad.

Reusse: Head butt leads to gash for Truax, two-round no-decision

Osseo boxer Caleb Truax received stitches to a cut on his forehead from his match against Peter Quillin at the Armory on Saturday night.

Caleb Truax and Peter Quillin smacked heads in the second round of their super middleweight match at the Minneapolis Armory. Then the bout, which started much later than expected, ended earlier than fans wanted.

Reusse: Boxing fights weather while ex-champ Truax fights for his future

Caleb Truax

Truax guaranteed he had a great training camp and said stakes are obvious in what has been classified as an elimination bout for IBF title fight.

Reusse: Restrained officiating played its part in entertaining Final Four

A foul called on Auburn's Samir Doughty put Virginia's Kyle Guy at the foul line in the Final Four semifinals Saturday. Guy sank all three free throws

The foul call in final second that decided Auburn-Virginia semifinal was outlier in the way the three games were whistled.

Reusse: Coyle hands Pitino totally unnecessary contract extension

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino owns a .363 winning percentage in six Big Ten regular seasons. On Sunday, he received his third contract extension in six years.

Reusse: Bus ride to Ohio State left lasting impression of Clem Haskins

The biggest victory in Clem Haskins’ coaching career, winning the Midwest Regional final over UCLA in 1997, is no longer officially part of NCAA or

Sitting across from the former Gophers coach in the front of a darkened, quiet bus for three hours was a lesson about being a black kid growing up as a basketball prospect in the Old South.

Reusse: Hamline has a basketball story that tops 'em all in Minnesota

Reusse: Hamline has a basketball story that tops 'em all in Minnesota

Texas Tech is in Minneapolis for its first Final Four. Guess what? The first two times Tech played in postseason tournaments, the small St. Paul university was a national basketball powerhouse.

Reusse: Lakers' rivalry with Harlem Globetrotters was brief, crowd pleasing

Reusse: Lakers' rivalry with Harlem Globetrotters was brief, crowd pleasing

The Minneapolis Lakers won six titles in their first seven seasons of existence, yet nothing topped a handful of exhibitions with the Harlem Globetrotters for packing in crowds.

Reusse: Earl the Pearl dazzled Minnesota, just not Pan-Am selection committees

This 1967 file photo shows Earl Monroe of Winston-Salem State College.

The 1967 Pan-Am Games Trials were held in a four-team tournament at Williams Arena. The basketball was terrific. The selection process was troubling.

Reusse: All-time great Baylor couldn't save NBA's first try in Minnesota

Former Minneapolis Lakers star Elgin Baylor

Lakers owner Bob Short said signing Elgin Baylor for $20,000 in 1958 was last chance to save the team for Minneapolis. Two years later, Baylor and the team were in Los Angeles.

Reusse: Baldelli feeling 'pretty good' about Twins bullpen, which is hard to believe

Manager Baldelli and pitching coach Johnson are both spinning hard on Twins' questionable bullpen.

Reusse: As stadium deals go, Target Field a winner for Minnesota

Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson delivered a pitch to Tigers right fielder Jim Adduci last August.

Season No. 10 starts next week and Twins' frequent investment has made for a better ballpark than when it opened.

Bethel's Jake Marsh back as a starter, now on pitching mound

Marsh had been Royals' starting quarterback and closer in baseball. On Sunday, he made first college start in baseball and result was 2-hit shutout.

Reusse: Seven years later, Gardenhire still hoping for center fielder

JaCoby Jones was a third-rounder for Detroit in 2013. He has played parts of the past three seasons for the Tigers, with a .199 batting average and 21

The Twins couldn't fix Aaron Hicks when he was rushed to the big leagues. Gardenhire and the Tigers are now trying to fix gifted Jacoby Jones at the plate.