Sano went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run home run during Saturday's 5-4 win over the A's.
The 28-year-old put the Twins ahead during the bottom of the eighth inning with the three-run shot to help break a five-game losing streak. Sano has struggled so far this season with a .127/.279/.254 slash line, three home runs, eight RBI and 33 strikeouts through 71 at-bats. He had been losing playing time at first base to Willians Astudillo, but perhaps his clutch home run can spark a turnaround at the plate and get him back into the lineup more frequently.
Sano is not in the lineup Friday against the Athletics.
Sano is 3-for-21 with 11 strikeouts in five games since returning from the injured list May 5, and he finds himself on the bench for the third time in the past four games. Willians Astudillo will receive another start at first base for Minnesota.
Sano will sit Thursday against the White Sox.
Sano will sit in favor of Willians Astudillo for the second time in three days. Based on their performances thus far this year, that could continue to happen on a regular basis, as Sano's .129/.299/.226 line is awful while Astudillo's .324/.319/.500 line is quite good. Sano of course has several much stronger seasons on his resume, so expectations should be much higher for him going forward, but a short-term reduction in playing time would seemingly be deserved.
Sano is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Sano has struggled at the plate through 19 games this season, striking out 37.7 percent of the time en route to a .129/.299/.226 slash line. The Twins' lineup got more crowded Tuesday with Luis Arraez returning from a concussion, so it's possible Sano could sit more often than he's used to if he can't turn things around. Willians Astudillo will start at first base Tuesday.
Sano is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Sano will get a breather for the series finale after he started at first base in each of the Twins' last four games following his reinstatement from the 10-day injured list Wednesday. The 28-year-old hasn't been able to break out of his season-long funk in his first four games back in action, having gone 3-for-17 with nine strikeouts in those contests. Willians Astudillo will step in for Sano at first base Sunday.
Sano (hamstring) has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list and is starting Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Sano needed a few additional days on the injured list since his hamstring injury prevented him from taking regular batting practice. However, he should serve as the everyday first baseman going forward. Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Sano (hamstring) could return from the 10-day injured by the middle of the upcoming week, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Sano was eligible to return from the IL on Saturday, but he'll need a few additional days to regain his timing at the plate after the hamstring injury prevented him from taking regular batting practice. Once he's reinstated, Sano should reclaim an everyday role at first base, which will force Alex Kirilloff to compete with Luis Arraez for regular duties in left field.
Sano (hamstring) is running close to 100 percent, manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Full-speed baseball activities like fielding and live batting practice will be the next steps for Sano. Willians Astudillo is getting the start at first base Tuesday.
Sano's strained right hamstring injury appears to be minor, manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Baldelli's comments make it sound like Sano has a good chance to return May 1 when eligible to return from the injured list. Sano has had a dreadful start to the season, hitting .111 with two home runs and a .554 OPS.
Sano will be placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring injury, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Sano has missed the team's last two games with the injury and will head to the injured list. Willians Astudillo has filled in at first base, but the team will reportedly call up Alex Kirilloff, who should see the majority of the at-bats in Sano's absence.
Sano (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.
Minnesota opted to hold Sano out for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Oakland due to a tight right hamstring, and the club apparently won't be taking any chances with the 27-year-old for a day game after a night game. Sano will benefit from two full days of rest, as the Twins are off the schedule Thursday before beginning a three-game home series with the Pirates on Friday. Willians Astudillo will fill in for Sano at first base Wednesday.
Sano sat out Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the A's with tightness in his right hamstring, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 27-year-old went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being lifted from Game 1 with the hamstring issue, and he was then withheld from the lineup for the nightcap. Sano should be considered day-to-day and could sit again for Wednesday's series finale, especially with a scheduled off day to follow Thursday.
Sano is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader at Oakland, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Sano went 0-for-2 with a strikeout during the matinee and won't be in the lineup for the nightcap. Mitch Garver will start at first base while Ryan Jeffers takes over behind the plate for Minnesota.
Sano went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of walks during Thursday's win over the Red Sox.
Sano extended Minnesota's lead with his long ball against Hirokazu Sawamura in the sixth inning. The long ball was the second of the year for the 27-year-old, who has struggled at the plate this season, including going hitless in his last five games coming into Thursday. Overall, he's batting just .100/.308/.250 across 13 games.
Sano isn't starting Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Sano has gone hitless with four walks and two strikeouts in his last 12 plate appearances. Willians Astudillo will serve as the first baseman for Wednesday's matinee, batting fifth.
Sano went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Brewers.
Sano took Brewers reliever Drew Rasmussen deep in the sixth inning to extend the Twins' lead to 6-1. The power-hitting Sano went just 2-for-13 (.154) with seven strikeouts in the season-opening series against the Brewers. He had a strikeout rate of 43.9 percent in 2020, and the 27-year-old corner infielder probably won't improve much on that mark this year. Fantasy managers will have to hope his power numbers cover the flaws in his play.
Sano started at third base and went 0-for-3 in Friday's spring training loss to Atlanta. It was the first time he's played third base this spring. "He's willing to put the work in. I think we'll see him playing over there at different points this year," manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Sano is hitting just .125 (3-for-24) this spring with no home runs and 12 strikeouts. However, there's little reason to be concerned with his performance given he's a veteran with a set spot in the lineup. The Twins moved Sano to first base last season after the team signed Josh Donaldson and didn't give him any work at the hot corner. Sano could get some starts at third base this season as the Twins have said they're going to try to reduce Donaldson's workload, especially early in the season. It's possible Sano could gain third base eligibility again in some fantasy leagues.
Sano is expected to get work at third base this spring, along with his regular position of first base, MLB.com reports. "He's got the confidence to do it. I don't think he's concerned one bit, and we could certainly see him over at third at different times," said manager Rocco Baldelli.
The Twins moved Sano to first base last season after the team signed Josh Donaldson and didn't give him any work at third base. The decision to give Sano reps at third base this spring could be tied to the Twins trying to give Donaldson more off days. It's possible Sano could play enough games this season at third base to qualify at the position in some fantasy leagues.
Sano will sit against the Reds on Saturday.
Sano will head to the bench after recording just three hits and 20 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He's having close to as good of a season as you can expect from a player with a 43.8 percent strikeout rate, as his .203/.279/.484 slash line is good for a respectable .763 OPS. Marwin Gonzalez will be the first baseman Saturday.
Sano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Cubs on Saturday.
Sano struck out three times in the contest, but he made up for the whiffs with a massive 453-foot solo shot to left field in the seventh inning. The output was typical of Sano's campaign thus far -- he's hitting only .217 overall and has struck out in a whopping 43.5 percent of his at-bats but has contributed 13 homers and 25 RBI.
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|05/16||vs OAK||L 6-7||3||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|05/15||vs OAK||W 5-4||4||1||1||1||3||0||0|
|05/14||vs OAK||L 1-6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||@ CHW||L 8-13||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ DET||L 3-7||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/07||@ DET||W 7-3||4||1||1||0||1||1||0|
|05/06||vs TEX||L 3-4||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||AA-New Britain Rock Cat||67||233||35||55||15||3||19||55||36||81||2||1||.236||.344||.571|
|2013||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||56||206||51||68||15||2||16||48||29||61||9||2||.330||.424||.655|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||9||30||2||8||1||0||2||5||6||8||0||0||.267||.389||.500|
|2018||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||19||64||11||21||2||0||2||12||13||21||0||0||.328||.442||.453|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||3||13||2||4||2||0||0||1||1||7||0||0||.308||.357||.462|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||5||20||1||4||2||0||1||5||1||7||0||0||.200||.217||.450|
|2019||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||2||5||1||4||0||0||1||3||1||--||0||0||.800||.857||1.400|