Sano is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against Baltimore, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Sano will get a regular day off after starting the past nine games. For Thursday's game against Ubaldo Jimenez, the Twins will start Eduardo Escobar at third, Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler in the corner outfield spots, and Robbie Grossman at DH.
Sano went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox. The young slugger provided an insurance run in the eighth with a 380-foot solo shot, and put together his second consecutive three-hit effort. Sano has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and is slashing .292/.370/.514 over 72 at-bats in July.
Sano is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians. Sano went 2-for-10 with four strikeouts over the first two games of the series, and with several good alternatives available at his disposal, manager Paul Molitor decided it was a fair time to give Sano a day off. With Sano sitting out, Eduardo Nunez will shift over to third base, Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler will cover the corner outfield spots, and Robbie Grossman settles in as the DH.S
Sano went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Friday at the Rangers. Sano's 14th homer of the year gave the Twins a 5-4 lead in a game they'd go on to lose. He's now left the yard three times in his last seven games, and he's slashing .236/.348/.471 on the year.
Sano hammered a three-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Athletics in a 1-for-5 game. Sano is just 3-for-17 in five games since returning from the disabled list, but two of those three hits have been home runs. He has also walked five times in just 22 plate appearances, a great sign that he's seeing the ball well. Sano is a power and discipline machine when he's at his best, and if he keeps that up, the singles should start falling in eventually.