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Michael Handel atoned for an early error with a go-ahead home run.
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Thu, 02/28/2013
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At 6 foot 1 and 185 pounds, Michael Handel doesn’t fit the mold of a prototypical cleanup hitter.

Looks can be deceiving.

The Gophers sophomore shortstop went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of RBIs, powering Minnesota to a 4-2 victory over North Dakota State on Wednesday at the Metrodome.

The cleanup spot is typically reserved for the best power hitter on the team. Handel has been that through six games.

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Michael Handel atoned for an early error with a go-ahead home run.
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Minnesota played solid defense and showed progress offensively against Western Michigan.
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Mon, 02/25/2013
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The Gophers will play at the Metrodome a lot in the coming weeks. This weekend, they gave their hometown fans a preview of what they can hope to expect during the long homestand.

Minnesota took three of four games from Western Michigan during its first home stand of the season. The Gophers won 7-1 on Friday, the teams split two games Saturday, and Minnesota won a 9-2 matinee Sunday.

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Minnesota won’t travel again until the last week in March.
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Thu, 02/21/2013
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The Gophers were tested by No. 2 University of California-Los Angeles in their first series of the season.

The Bruins boasted some of the best pitching and hitting the Gophers will see all year and took two of three from Minnesota in Los Angeles.

But the Gophers will play their next 17 nonconference games in Minneapolis, and head coach John Anderson said the home field will give his team a chance to build some confidence — especially the younger players.

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Minnesota upset UCLA on Friday but was outscored 28-1 in two losses.
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Mon, 02/18/2013
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Beating a preseason All-American pitcher is a great way to start the first series of the season.

Getting blown out in the next two games is a bad way to end it.

Minnesota’s baseball team dropped two of three games to No. 5 UCLA over the weekend in Los Angeles.

The Gophers beat the Bruins and their ace Adam Plutko 6-2 in extra innings Friday, only to follow that up with two blowout losses — 14-0 and 14-1.

Minnesota’s bats — a huge problem for the team a year ago — were dormant for much of the weekend.

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Minnesota upset UCLA on Friday but was outscored 28-1 in two losses.
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Minnesota is ranked fifth in a Big Ten preseason poll. The Gophers return nine of their top 10 hitters, but they will have to replace two starting pitchers.
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Thu, 02/14/2013
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It’s the middle of winter in Minneapolis, but the boys of summer are back.

The Gophers baseball team will kick off its 2013 season this weekend with a three-game series against UCLA in Los Angeles.

Minnesota was voted to finish fifth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll.

Minnesota has been practicing at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex since Jan. 25. The Gophers spent the fall practicing outside at the new Siebert Field complex.

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Todd Oakes has returned to the Gophers baseball team after his battle.
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Wed, 02/13/2013
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Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes knew something was wrong last spring.

Walking up the stairs was tough. He always wanted to sit down. He was “extremely fatigued” all the time.

“You go through the season, and you always get run down,” said Oakes, 52. “But it got to a point where I knew there was something more going on.”

He didn’t expect that something to be acute myeloid leukemia — a cancer of blood and bone marrow cells.

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Former Gophers player Terry Steinbach was hired last month as the Minnesota Twins’ bench coach.
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Tue, 11/06/2012
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Terry Steinbach walked into manager Tony La Russa’s office expecting to hear good news.

The Oakland Athletics catcher thought he was going to be praised for his excellent hitting. Instead, La Russa chewed him out for calling a poor game behind the plate.

“And if you ever call that crappy of a game again, we’re going to kick you out,” he recalled La Russa telling him.

“Your job is to handle this pitching staff that we have here. Hitting will come second. We’ve got guys who hit.”

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Former Gophers player Terry Steinbach was hired last month as the Minnesota Twins’ bench coach.
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Former Gophers pitcher Glen Perkins has established himself as one of the top relievers in Major League Baseball.
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Wed, 10/10/2012
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Glen Perkins’ road to the major leagues featured a lot of adversity — much like the 2012 Minnesota Twins’ season.

But Perkins, a former Gophers starting pitcher, had a solid individual season. He appeared in 70 games, posted a 2.56 earned run average and saved 16 games after taking over the closer role.

His team didn’t fare so well, finishing 66-96 and in last place in the American League Central division for the second-straight season.

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Former Gophers pitcher Glen Perkins has established himself as one of the top relievers in Major League Baseball.
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The field will replace the Metrodome as the team’s primary home facility.
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Tue, 10/02/2012
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Gophers head baseball coach John Anderson’s dream became a reality over the weekend.

The University of Minnesota’s baseball team began practicing Saturday on the recently reconstructed Siebert Field.

In June, the University’s Board of Regents Facilities Committee approved renovations to Siebert, which is expected to replace the Metrodome as the Gophers’ primary home field starting next season.

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Todd Oakes was diagnosed with cancer in June.
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Mon, 09/10/2012
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The Gophers baseball program will temporarily be without one of its longest-standing coaches.

Todd Oakes, Gophers pitching coach for 15 years, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in June. He has been temporarily relieved of his pitching coach duties while he continues to battle cancer.

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