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Jim Souhan can be found on Twitter at @Souhanstrib. His podcasts can be heard at MalePatternPodcasts.com.

Souhan: Observations from spring training, a week from Opening Day

One man's takeaways from Florida spring training.

Souhan: Cuddyer enjoying life as a former baseball player

Always a friendly presence, former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer this spring is more relaxed than he has ever been in a baseball clubhouse. "It's great," he said of the retired life.

Souhan: About to turn 34, Mauer comes to a career crossroad

As of 2013, Joe Mauer remained on pace to finish his career as one of the greatest-hitting catchers in baseball. He'll enter 2017 as a light-hitting first baseman with, perhaps, the end of his career in sight.

Souhan: Buxton ready to show this will be his year

When a top prospect struggles, everyone in the organization wants to help, leading to a cacophony of advice. "You're going to have to fail to learn how to succeed," Byron Buxton said.

Souhan: After trade talk, Dozier wants to take game to another level

When the new Twins bosses discussed trades of second baseman Brian Dozier this winter, Dozier sought refuge at a rural cabin two hours from his Mississippi home.

Souhan: NFL free agency means different fates for different folks

NFL free agency is rarely a vehicle for greatness. Instead of it being the foundation, it fixes the cracks.

Souhan: Gophers defense goes to great lengths to improve

With Reggie Lynch intimidating shooters near the basket and Amir Coffey hurling his long frame and arms at shooters on the perimeter, the Gophers' defense has improved immeasurably - and measurably.

Souhan: Yeo, Blues deliver a little fly in the ointment to Wild

Nearing the end of the best season in Wild history, the Xcel Energy Center sounded awfully quiet Tuesday night. The St. Louis Blues were in town with a coach named Yeo, and it doesn't take much to make Minnesota sports fans worry about curses and hexes, franchise history and old acquaintances.

Souhan: Fletcher wagered right amount in trade with Coyotes

The GM's fearlessness has built the best team in the Western Conference, and Sunday he again demonstrated that he doesn't know why anyone would bother putting yellow on a traffic light.

Souhan: Gophers' turnaround season is fun for Pitino, too

Richard Pitino presided over one of the worst seasons in Gophers basketball history last year. He initiated one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Gophers sports history this year.