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Junior TJ Oakes said he’ll decide this week whether to sign with Colorado or stay with the Gophers.
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Wed, 06/06/2012
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Once again, it’s decision time for Gophers pitcher TJ Oakes.

Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft, Oakes will decide this week whether to sign with his new team or return to the Gophers for his senior season.

“The [Rockies] scout is going to come out to our house sometime this week,” Oakes said. “We’ll try and work something out.”

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Junior TJ Oakes said he’ll decide this week whether to sign with Colorado or stay with the Gophers.
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The Gophers’ new Siebert Field likely needs millions of dollars in amenities before it will be ready to host the tournament.
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Wed, 05/30/2012
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For the first time in its 31-year history, the Big Ten baseball tournament will be held at a Major League Baseball facility.

Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, will host the 2013 Big Ten baseball tournament, the conference announced this month.

“I think it is a great opportunity to showcase Big Ten baseball in a major league facility. ... It’s going to impact our league and our recruiting,” Gophers head baseball coach John Anderson said. “I think it gives [the Big Ten] more credibility.”

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The Gophers will end their home season against the Nittany Lions. Minnesota will play at Target Field on Saturday
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Thu, 05/03/2012
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Minnesota didn’t have a permanent home stadium last year. It did this year, though, and it will play the last of its home games this weekend.

The Gophers (27-20) will host Penn State in a three-game set. Saturday’s game will be played at Target Field, but both Friday and Sunday’s games are at the Metrodome.

Minnesota is relatively familiar with Target Field. The Gophers played 12 games there a year ago in wake of the Metrodome’s December 2010 roof collapse.

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TJ Oakes is having the best year of his career and is leading the Big Ten in several major pitching categories.
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Thu, 05/03/2012
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TJ Oakes refuses to say he’s the best pitcher in the Big Ten.

He doesn’t have to. The numbers say it for him.

Oakes, the junior ace of Minnesota’s pitching staff, is tearing up the Big Ten and enjoying the finest year of his career.

In 11 starts, he’s 7-2 with a conference-best 1.51 ERA. He also tops the Big Ten in innings pitched (77.2) and strikeouts (64).

The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound righty was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 41st round of the 2011 MLB Draft last season but elected to return to the Gophers for the 2012 campaign.

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Andy Henkemeyer hit a grand slam, and the Gophers coasted to an easy win.
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Wed, 05/02/2012
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The Gophers baseball team played one final game at Siebert Field on Tuesday night, and the weather almost wiped out the chance to play the 41-year-old park’s final contest. Plans have been laid for a new on-campus field to replace the current facility.

Vicious winds and a thunderstorm warning threatened and affected play Tuesday.

An announced attendance of 1,421 that included fans, alumni and other University of Minnesota athletes packed into Siebert Field’s tiny grandstand to watch the Gophers pummel St. Thomas, 9-2.

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Minnesota will play its last game at the 41-year-old field Tuesday.
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Tue, 05/01/2012
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Siebert Field hasn’t seen much action lately. After Tuesday, it won’t see any at all.

The 41-year-old baseball stadium has steadily deteriorated over the last several years to the point where University officials deemed it nearly unplayable.

But intertwined in its deficiencies is a mystique unique to Siebert Field. Minnesota will experience that magic for the last time Tuesday night. The Gophers will host Division III opponent St. Thomas for what the athletics department is calling the “Final Pitch” at Siebert Field.

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The Gophers lost in extra innings Sunday but won the series to improve to 26-20.
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Mon, 04/30/2012
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Paying customers were rewarded with some free baseball Sunday. It took 12 innings for Iowa to beat Minnesota 5-4.

Still, the Gophers took two of three from the Hawkeyes and improved to 9-6 in the Big Ten.

Every game essentially came down to the wire, with one run being the margin of victory in all three.

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The Gophers lost in extra innings Sunday but won the series to improve to 26-20.
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Minnesota took advantage of NDSU errors and its offense exploded in the eighth inning.
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Thu, 04/26/2012
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Things looked bleak for the Minnesota baseball team Wednesday against North Dakota State.

The Gophers played sloppy, executed poorly and struggled in the clutch all game long. As a result, they trailed 6-3 going into the eighth inning.

Then the unthinkable happened: A pair of catcher’s interference calls helped spark a seven-run rally and a monster 11-7 comeback victory in front of an NDSU-record 1,791 fans.

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Injuries have caught up to Minnesota in recent weeks.
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Wed, 04/25/2012
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It was the little things that cost Minnesota two of three games against Michigan State last weekend.

A play here, a pitch there, an out there.

It doesn’t help when multiple starting position players are out of the lineup with injuries, which has been the case all season for the Gophers.

Minnesota head coach John Anderson has been shuffling lineups for the last several weeks, and he has had to work around injuries to right fielder Trip Schultz, center fielder Troy Larson and shortstop Michael Handel.

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Injuries have caught up to Minnesota in recent weeks.
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Minnesota split a doubleheader Saturday with Michigan State and fell in extra innings Sunday.
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Mon, 04/23/2012
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The Gophers baseball team got a taste of its own medicine this weekend. It has won thanks to runs in its final at-bats four times this season.

On Saturday and Sunday, Minnesota (23-19) found out what it’s like to be on the other end of the celebration, as it dropped two of three games to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

Minnesota split Saturday’s doubleheader with a 3-2 loss and a 4-2 win, but fell to Michigan State 5-4 in Sunday’s series-deciding game.

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