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Big Ten Baseball Tourney: Day 2 roundup

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Minnesota vs. Indiana - Big Ten Baseball Tournament Highlights

The 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament continued Thursday at Target Field with three more games. Illinois survived by eliminating Michigan, Ohio State rallied to top Nebraska, and top-seeded Indiana held off Minnesota.

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Feature: What makes Tom Windle so good?

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Tom Windle Feature

When it comes to Big Ten pitchers, it doesn’t get much better than Minnesota’s Tom Windle. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, the southpaw led the Big Ten in strikeouts and twirled the conference’s lone solo no-hitter. What makes Windle so tough to hit? “I’m confident that I can get every batter out,” he told BTN.

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Video: Nebraska pitcher's must-see quirks

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The Antics of Kyle Kubat

There’s a reason people think baseball players are superstitious and quirky. Guys like Nebraska pitcher Kyle Kubat perpetuate that notion. The Nebraska southpaw put on a show, both inside and outside the lines, in the Huskers’ opening game of the Big Ten tourney Wednesday.

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Video: Player A robs Player B, Player B returns favor

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Thomas Lindauer Sliding Catch

Baseball players don’t forget when an opponent robs them of a potential base hit. And nothing makes them happier than returning the favor. The opportunity doesn’t always present itself, but it did in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Three innings after Illinois’ Thomas Lindauer made a diving grab to retire Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer (video above), the latter got revenge in the eighth inning. Both catches were nice, but which was better?

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Video: Surgical mask a must for Gophers assistant

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Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Returns After Cancer Battle

Nebraska product and longtime Minnesota baseball assistant Todd Oakes was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia nearly a year ago. But that won’t keep him from doing what he loves most: coaching baseball. Oakes, in his 15th season with the Gophers, continues to serve as Minnesota’s pitching coach. The uninformed fan wouldn’t even know about Oakes’ illness – if it weren’t for the surgical mask around his face.

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