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Wednesday morning, the closer woke up and couldn't get out of bed. Perkins won't join the Twins on the upcoming trip to Houston. Kevin Jepsen will fill the closer's role in his absence, manager Paul Molitor said. [more]
Five to watch
Andrew Krammer identifies five things to watch for as the Vikings end the preseason on Thursday, including five players with much at stake against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT. [more]
Mizutani: 5 keys to Gophers-TCU
A win would serve as another building block for a program that experienced a renaissance of sorts over the past few seasons. It would place the Gophers firmly on the map, while also sending campus into bedlam until long after the primetime game. [more]
Letting loose
Mike Zimmer is aiming to give the defensive line a little more 'freedom' in 2015. That helped net a big play against Dallas for Sharrif Floyd, who said he's noticed the benefits in stopping the run. [more]
Purple Podcast: How will Waynes factor in?
On this episode of the Purple Podcast, Judd Zulgad and Andrew Krammer gauge Trae Waynes' involvement Week 1. Should he play sooner to get through growing pains? What are the options if he doesn't? We discuss LB depth, Eric Kendricks, D-line freedom and more: [more]