Minnesota opens its pheasant season Saturday with far fewer birds in the field than last year as a long-term decline in the state's ringneck population continues due to the loss of habitat in farm country.
The Department of Natural Resources estimates changes in the pheasant population via an annual roadside count taken in August. The 2017 pheasant index released Tuesday shows a 26 percent decline from last year despite a mild winter and dry summer. It's 32 percent below the 10-year average and 62 percent below the long-term average.
It's the first pennant for one of baseball's most storied franchises since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988. The Dodgers will host the Yankees or Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Gardenhire is plenty familiar to Tigers fans after his long run managing an AL Central rival. The Twins won the division six times in his first nine seasons in charge, and he was voted AL Manager of the Year in 2010.