Favre, Twins and Rubio

No shortage of games to watch for the Minnesota sports fan last night.

The Minnesota Vikings played their second preseason game – and first with Brett Favre – last night on NBC. At the same time, the Minnesota Twins wrapped up a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

And later on – albeit on tape delay – ESPN2 had the Global Community Cup basketball game between USA and Spain, which featured former Minnesota Timberwolves first-round pick Ricky Rubio playing for the Spaniards.

Favre didn’t play much in his exhibition opener,a 13-yard dump pass to running back Adrian Peterson being the lone highlight. Favre was sacked by San Francisco’s Patrick Willis a couple plays later as the Niners beat the Vikings 15-10.

Favre was expected to get 10 spans behind center, but that changed when it took the Vikings offense a long time to gain possession at the start of the game. He ended up being on the field for only four plays.

The 40-year-old QB and his balky ankle survived the powerful hit from Willis, so that’s a positive sign.

The Twins completed a series win against the Angels, thanks to a homer from Danny Valencia and a three-run double from Michael Cuddyer.

Worth noting that starting pitcher Scott Baker might be turning the corner. He threw seven shutout innings Sunday, giving him a 2.81 ERA in four starts this month. The Twins really need him down the stretch to be that No. 3 starter.

Jesse Crain got out of an eighth-inning jam in his first appearance since the Twins lost the second of their two left-handed specialists after Ron Mahay joined Jose Mijares on the DL. Have to assume the Twins are working the waiver wires trying to make a trade for a lefty reliever.

But as GM Bill Smith pointed out on the Sid and Dave show on Sunday, it’s a lot tougher to make waiver trades this year because the Twins’ record is much better than it was last year. Teams get priority on the waiver wire based on how poor their record is.

The Star Tribune’s Jim Souhan penned a column in today’s editions about the Twins success this year despite injuries to perennial All-Stars Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau.

And finally, great basketball game last night in the Global Community Cup as Kevin Durant led the USA to an 86-85 victory against Spain.

For those interested, Rubio had seven points and three assists, but his five turnovers proved costly to the Spaniards.

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