Sano went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. Sano hit a two-run shot -- his ninth of the year -- off reliever Richard Rodriguez in the eighth inning to pad the Twins' 3-2 lead. Since being called back up from the minors July 28, Sano is hitting .269 with two homers and six RBI in 15 games. Overall the 25-year-old is hitting .220/.293/.420 in 52 games this season, which is significantly below his career marks of .249/.340/.484. While he's struggled this year, Sano would figure to continue seeing regular playing time so long as he's moderately productive.
Sano is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Sano heads to the bench for the first time since rejoining the Twins in late July, garnering 12 straight starts between first and third base. The 25-year-old has been much improved since his return, slashing .275/.370/.450 with a home run, four RBI and six walks in 46 plate appearances.
Sano went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland. The 25-year-old accounted for essentially all of the Twins' offense on the night, with his ninth-inning blast off Cody Allen -- Sano's eighth homer of the year and first in the majors since May 31 -- giving Minnesota a brief flicker of hope that they might be able to steal one against the team it's trying to catch in the AL Central. Sano's power isn't the only thing that seems to be returning either, as he's now hitting .345 (10-for-29) over the last nine games with six walks against 11 strikeouts.
Sano went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Red Sox. Making his first start since being recalled from the minors, Sano looked like the same hitter he was prior to his demotion in mid-June, generating lots of empty swings but little production. With Eduardo Escobar now a Diamondback, Sano should get regular playing time to try and rediscover the form that saw him launch 53 homers in 2016-17.
Sano was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. With Eduardo Escobar getting traded to the Diamondbacks, it was an obvious time to recall Sano and let him finish out the season as the everyday third baseman. He hit .267/.389/.500 with two home runs and an 8:6 K:BB in 36 plate appearances at Triple-A. It remains to be seen if his approach against big-league pitching will be any better this time around, but based on his extreme upside in the home run and RBI categories, he should be rostered in most formats.
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