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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Hartman writes three columns each week.

Hartman: Twins counting on Cruz to provide major boost to lineup

In 30 games at Target Field, Nelson Cruz has been a monster, hitting .325 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 25 RBI and 19 runs, and he should make an immediate impact for the Twins.

Hartman: Thibodeau's Wolves trades missed mark

The question will always be, would the Wolves have been better off keeping the a core of talented young players instead of dealing for Jimmy Butler

Hartman: Vikings offense gets a coaching makeover

Several hires, including Super Bowl winner Gary Kubiak, should help team's effectiveness.

Hartman: Gophers face steady challenge on budget, game attendance

Athletic director Mark Coyle said it appears the Gophers had a balanced budget in 2017-18.

Hartman: Towns' all-around game gets even better for Wolves

Karl-Anthony Towns believes Ryan Saunders will thrive as new coach as the team hunts for the playoffs.

Hartman: Saunders had little time to prepare for new job as Wolves coach

Shortly after the Timberwolves' 119-117 victory in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, interim coach Ryan Saunders got a phone call from team owner Glen Taylor.

Hartman: Zimmer seeking more from Vikings' 2018 newcomers in Year 2

Mike Zimmer believes this year's rookies and free agents - including Kirk Cousins - will be improved in 2019.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on navigating the salary cap for the 2019 season: “We don’t have a lot of room right…

Hartman: Reasons were plentiful for 2018 Vikings' struggles

Injuries certainly played a significant role in the team's inability to return to the postseason.

Hartman: Gophers coach Pitino doesn't love split Big Ten schedule

Splitting up 20 Big Ten Conference basketball games isn't ideal, but Gophers coach Richard Pitino hopes his team is up for the challenge.