Welcome to the Daily Lineup for Tuesday, August 4, 2020, a digital guide to what’s already here and what’s coming today on the PostBulletin.com sports pages.
If you talk to 27 people today, there's a good chance you'll get 27 different opinions about what type of plan the Minnesota State High School League should put in place for fall sports. The League meets at 9 a.m. today -- our Pat Ruff is covering the meeting, follow him on Twitter here and check back to PostBulletin.com/Sports for updates -- and will likely come away from that meeting with a plan of, at the very least, what the fall sports season will look like at the start.
Until we know for sure, three of us in the PB sports department took our best guesses as to what we think this fall will look like.
And no matter what the MSHSL decides today -- they're in a no-win situation in many ways -- try to take a deep breath and follow the advice of St. Charles activities director Scott McCready, one of the truly good guys we get to work with on a regular basis:
Tomorrow we will hear from the MSHSL on fall sports, then schools will plan out what works for them. Please remember, the people making decisions have put in countless hours and want what’s best for kids. You may disagree with the decisions, but please respect their intent.— Scott McCready (@smccready858) August 4, 2020
• CAMPING AT CENTURY: The MSHSL will make its decision today about the fate of fall sports, but some area teams are definitely in a mood to play. Rochester Century's football team is holding its annual summer camp this week; it started Monday. PB photographer extraordanaire Joe Ahlquist got some great shots of the Panthers working out.
• SNAKEBITTEN GEESE: It's no laughing matter for the Rochester Honkers, but they have to be starting to wonder what in the world they have to do to win a baseball game. Monday night the Honkers dropped their 12th consecutive game, despite a brilliant outing from starting pitcher Larson Kindreich.
• RIGHT ON TARGET: Another day, another 'W' for the Minnesota Twins. This time, it was a dramatic 'W' as Nelson Cruz doubled to deep center field in the bottom of the ninth, driving in Jorge Polanco with the winning run in a 5-4 victory against the Pirates. Those teams meet again today at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field, then play two more games at Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Thursday.
• WILD TIMES: Wild fans, we have a long wait ahead of us until tonight's 9:45 p.m. puck drop for Game 2 of a Western Conference playoff-qualifying series against Vancouver. A win tonight would be massive for Minnesota, giving it a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. But the Wild know they can't look that far ahead, and that they're only as strong as their weakest link.
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• SOUTHERN MINNY PLAYOFF TIME: The Southern Minny Baseball League season -- a league put together by area coaches after the American Legion season was canceled -- is winding down. We'll have coverage of the league tournament semifinal game at 6 p.m. Wednesday between No. 2 seed Rochester Mayo and Owatonna (at Mayo), and we'll have coverage of the championship game on Friday. Austin, the No. 1 seed, hosts Mankato East at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal. The highest remaining seed will host Friday's title game.
• DROPPING THE GREEN FLAG AT DEER CREEK: The annual IMCA Harris Clash is set for at 6 p.m. start (hot laps) tonight at Deer Creek Speedway. I'll be there for the event that has annually drawn close to 150 drivers from all across the country.
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