SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs were without Leonard and Tony Parker, but they had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings made all kinds of changes to their offense this year. One of the biggest goals was to create more balance, and one of the ways they've done so has been with the screen pass. Jerick McKinnon had a 27-yard touchdown on that play in the victory over Green Bay. The key to making it work is mobile offensive linemen, which the Vikings targeted in their offseason makeover of that group.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will decline their $6.5 million option on his contract for 2018 and pay him a $700,000 buyout. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star could retire. He has pitched in only 10 games over the last two seasons because of shoulder trouble.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins say catcher Mitch Garver is the team's minor league player of the year. Garver won the 2017 Sherry Robertson Award while right-hander Aaron Slegers won the 2017 Jim Rantz Award as the Twins minor league pitcher of the year. Garver split the season between Triple-A Rochester and Minnesota. He hit a combined .279 with 30 doubles, 17 home runs and 48 RBIs in 111 games. Slegers spent nearly the entire season with Rochester, going 15-4 with a 3.40 ERA.
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