The Twins, who announced on Dec. 18 that Joe Mauer’s No. 7 will be retired, set June 15 for the pregame retirement ceremony. The first 20,000 fans in attendance for the 6 p.m. game against Kansas City will receive a No. 7 baseball cap.
The Twins also revealed plans for a series of four giveaway bobbleheads commemorating Mauer. Those game dates are May 24 vs. the White Sox, July 19 vs. the A’s, Aug. 24 vs. the Tigers, and Sept. 7 vs. Cleveland.
U’s Gates honored
Senior forward Brent Gates Jr. of the Gophers was named the Big Ten’s second star of the week in men’s hockey. Gates, of Grand Rapids, Mich., had two goals and an assist as Minnesota split with then-No. 9 Penn State.
He pushed his career-best goal scoring streak to five game by scoring the game-winner in the Gophers’ 4-1 win over the Nittany Lions last Saturday.
• The Gophers’ dual wrestling meet with Iowa on Sunday has been moved up one hour to noon because it will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
• Sophomore Alex Gulstene and forward Taylor Heise of the Gophers were named the WCHA goalie and rookie of the week, respectively, after leading their team to the title in the first Minnesota Cup at Ridder Arena. Gulstene made 33 saves as the Gophers beat Minnesota Duluth 4-3 in overtime in the semifinals. Heise had two goals and three assists in the two games. She had the eventual game-winner as Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 5-1 in the title game.
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