Patrick Reusse

Reusse: Despite its struggles, Astros lineup reminds you of 2017 slaughter

Reusse: Despite its struggles, Astros lineup reminds you of 2017 slaughter

An 11-run rally. Forty runs and 84 total bases in three games. Those 2017 Astros could hit without the sound of banging garbage cans. And most of those hitters are still present.

Twins, Astros and Dodgers: Funky connection through Marwin

Gonzalez ended slump with 2017 Series homer off Jansen. Astros returned to hammer Jansen on Saturday. Marwin was ending his Twins' slump with a key home run at Target Field.

Reusse: Townball tourney a success after summer upheaval, uncertainty

Fairmont players celebrated their 12-0 victory over St. Patrick's in the Class C championship game.

Minnesota's summer baseball tradition started in June with a dose of defiance toward state guidelines. It ended on Labor Day with the conclusion of successful state tournaments.

Down 53½ games last September, Tigers come snarling into town Friday

Down 53½ games last September, Tigers come snarling into town Friday

The Twins were outclassed in Detroit last weekend. Could it be strong efforts from Pineda and Berrios have righted Rocco's Bumba Squad?

Sept. 7, 2006: 'The Sheik' and Najarian lads have a true love for football

Dr. John Najarian, world-famous transplant surgeon, died Monday at 92. He also played in Rose Bowl with Cal Bears.

Truax off Saturday's nationally televised boxing card due to dehydration

Minnesota's super middleweight contender was scheduled to fight Alfredo Angulo in an IBF "elimination'' bout.

Reusse: Maeda misses both no-hitter and win on long night at Target Field

Reusse: Maeda misses both no-hitter and win on long night at Target Field

The plot for this ballgame had many twists: Record-breaking strikeout streak, another blown save and mind-blown managers as they dealt with new extra-innings format.

Reusse: It's a shame Twins season is wasted on cardboard cutouts

Carboard cutouts of fan faces in the stands of Target Field

Twins should have been playing home game No. 64 in front of over 30,000 on a glorious Tuesday night. Instead, the pandemic still rules.

Reusse: MLB's future can't have 7-inning games and split doubleheaders

Kansas City third baseman Hunter Dozier was out at second as Twins second baseman Luis Arraez turned a double play.

Teams can do anything with schedule while playing with no fans. That changes when they start selling tickets again.

Reusse: Despite blow-up, relief pitching is least of Twins problems

Mitch Garver has struggled all season.

The Twins are carrying a .232 average for hits and a .270 average for strikeouts. There's good news, though: Miguel Sano did get his first single.

Reusse: 3M Open newbies go on to big things at PGA Championship

Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa talk and share a laugh as they walk down the 17th fairway during the final round of the 2019 3M Open. Morikawa won t

Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland were fresh faces on the pro tour at the 2019 3M Open. On Sunday, they shot 64, 65 and 66 in the final round of the PGA Championship.

Reusse: These shows remind us when baseball owned sports

Jim Brockmire is played by Hank Azaria

Long Time Coming is a documentary on a 1955 Little League game in segregated Florida. Brockmire's final season might be a scholarly work on future of baseball.

Reusse: Never too soon to panic over Twins pitching

Jake Odorizzi and Twins trainer Tony Leo last season.

Jake Odorizzi was a savior for the Twins' starting staff in 2019. He'll start the 2020 season sidelined by a sore back, and some of the others in the rotation aren't exactly inspiring confidence.

Reusse: North Star forward McKechnie made Haliburton home

North Stars forward Walt McKechnie in 1970.

Walt McKechnie was a 20-year-old forward when he first trained with the Stars in Haliburton in 1968. Five decades later, he's serving a third term on city council.

Reusse: Provus, Gladden calling road games from home a loss for fans

Cory Provus

Three people not being allowed in an open booth is going to make big-league baseball safer? That's a tough theory to buy.

New Ulm will go forward with plans to host State Amateur Tournament

The 97th state tourney will be held at New Ulm's two ballparks, Johnson and Miller. Springfield will serve as a third site for Class B and C games.

Reusse: Baseball has never looked worse than during current exchange of insults

Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark.

The pandemic and George Floyd's death have created a different America than a few months ago. The ability to ignore this and not reach a deal is mind-numbing

Reusse: Blaine Fusion has traveled by design in the past; now, it's by necessity

Jamie Heipel's Class B team has been playing 60-some games annually over past decade. It has taken creativity just to get started in 2020 as Minnesota continues to ban baseball games.

Reusse: Remembering the Vikings' Big Quit at Giants Stadium

Two none-too-pleased Vikings -- wide receiver Randy Moss (84) and quarterback Daunte Culpepper -- watched from the sidelines during the third quarter

The Vikings were favored and bursting with confidence prior to the NFC Championship Game in January 2001. The only thing they failed to do was show up.

Reusse: The night Bobby Heenan wore the weasel suit in St. Paul

Pro wrestler Bobby Heenan ended up in the notorious weasel suit after losing a pro wrestling match to Greg Gagne at the St. Paul Civic Center in 1980.

"I wasn't in attendance on this notorious night in the St. Paul; instead, our friend Dark Star (RIP, 6-01-2012) was the eyewitness who rated this as his all-time favorite sporting event."