Bringin' It: Friday's Top 5 Minn. sports storylines

TGIF? You bet, especially when the Minnesota Twins open the 2012 season this afternoon. At least three good storylines surrounding the local nine, plus we have some hockey housekeeping to attend to. Bringin' It! Every day! (Well, every weekday -- until we can hire that intern....)
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TGIF! Especially when it also happens to be the Twins baseball opener. Game time is at 2:05 central, as Baltimore hosts Minnesota. That's on our list today, as well as some hockey housekeeping:

1) A solid Gophers hockey team ran into a juggernaut last night in Tampa. Boston College 6, Minnesota 1in the Frozen Four semifinals. The Eagles will face Ferris State for the NCAA title on Saturday night.

2) At the X last night, the Wild won yet another shootout -- this time vexing the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. One more game to go before Mike Yeo's team packs it in until next fall.

3) Scott Baker didn't make it past the 11-pitch mark in a rehab start in in Florida yesterday. GM Terry Ryan says Baker -- battling tendinitis -- "just didn't feel right."

4) A fantastic column today from the Star Tribune's Jim Souhan on today's starter, Carl Pavano. Bottom line: Mr. Moustache is the poster child for mental toughness.

5) Oh, yeah. The opener. Twins. Birds. A lid-lifter which also happens to be the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards. Actually, you had us at "opener." Bonus link: A great time capsule from the Coffeyville Whirlwind blog running down every Twins opener since 1961.

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