Sano is not in the lineup Saturday against Cleveland. Sano is riding a 10-game hitting streak, posting a .382/.462/.882 line with four homers over that stretch. Luis Arraez will start at third base in his absence.
Sano is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers. Sano currently has a modest six-game hit streak in which he is 8-for-20 with four home runs and a double, but he'll nonetheless take a seat for Friday's series opener. Luis Arraez will start at third base and bat seventh in his place.
Sano went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the A's. It's his third homer in the last four games and 13th of the year in only 35 contests since coming off the IL, matching his total from 2018 in less than half the games. Sano's .223/.306/.577 slash line is hampered by a career-worst 39.5 percent strikeout rate, but no one has ever questioned the 26-year-old's raw power -- only his ability to make consistent contact.
Sano is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sano broke out of his slump at the plate while starting the first two games of the series, smashing three home runs and walking twice between the two contests. He'll thus retain the top job at third base for the time being, though the recent returns of utility men Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza from the injured list threaten Sano's playing time.
Sano went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in a 6-4 loss against the White Sox on Friday. The struggling third baseman accounted for all of the Twins' runs in the loss. It was nice to see Sano break out with this performance, but power hasn't really been the issue for him this year. He has 11 homers and a .537 slugging percentage, but Sano is also batting .207 with 56 strikeouts. He has 19 RBI and 22 runs in 121 at-bats as well this season.
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