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Sano says hamstring 'bad' but remains in lineup

Here are two things to watch out for as the Twins prepare to face White Sox lefthander Carlos Rondon , perhaps their top pitching prospect.

1. Miguel Sano's hamstring. Sano injured his hamstring during the last road trip, forcing him out of one of the games last weekend against Houston. The Twins told Sano to take it easy on the hammy, but then they grew concerned last night when they watched him run the bases rather gingerly. Is that his version of throttling back, of is it a sign of a bigger problem? Twins manager Paul Molitor planned to talk to Sano to make sure he can continue as the designated hitter.

UPDATE: When asked how his hamstring is, Sano replied, ``Bad.'' He actually had a MRI on it today as a precaution. But he's still in the lineup as of now, and said he's going to run the bases the same way he did last night - very carefully. Twins manager Paul Molitor adnmitted he's a little nervous sending the rookie out there. Don't blame him. But he can hit.

2. Glen Perkins' back. Perkins got the save last night but did give up a run. He seemed to move well, but could not get to first base in time to take a throw from Joe Mauer. Mauer tried to tag Adam Eaton but was late. We'll have to make sure Perkins is good to go as well.

UPDATE: Molitor said Perkins has not reported any problems with his back since returning to the bullpen. He did say a handful of his pitches last night weren't where they needed to be. Rust? We'll see.

The Twins media relations staff points out in today's notes that the Twins have batting .310 in their last five games against lefthanders. That's potentially a good sign for tonight. Eduardo Escobar is on a tear, batting .391 with eight doubles and four home runs over his last 12 games. That's potentially a good sign for Eddie the Stick.

Will post the lineups here after we meet with the manager.

Whoa, here come the lineups now. Sano, who has been named AL rookie of the month for August, is in there at the cleanup spot. So his hamstring is not an issue. Sano hit .278, blah, but hit seven doubles and nine home runs while driving in 26 runs over 27 games.

White Sox

White Sox

Tyler Saladina, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF
Jose Abreu, 1B
Avisail, Garcia, RF
Trayce Thompson, CF
Geovany Soto, DH
Carlos Sanchez, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C
Gordon Beckham, 3B

Carlos Rodnon, LHP


Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer,1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Miguel Sano, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Eddie Rosario, LF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Tommy Milone, LHP

Three Twins postgame thoughts from LEN3: Sano, White Sox defense, Berrios

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' win over the White Sox

SANO'S HAMMY BEARS WATCHING: Maybe he was cruising a little too much, but Miguel Sano didn't look good running the bases on Tuesday. His injured his right hamstring last week, which forced him to miss Friday's game against Houston. But the Twins can't afford to keep him out of the lineup and have asked him to take it easy on the bases. Still, he didn't look good running, and manager Paul Molitor noticed. ``You don't know if he's being overly careful or if that is all he's got,'' Molitor said. ``We'll probably chat about that. It doesn't bother him to swing. He's a tough guy to take out of there. The trainers have told me that his risk is fairly minimal because of his flexibility and strength that he has in the leg. But we have to keep an eye on it.'' Sano said he treats his hamstring for 45 minutes before each game and then some more after games. If he had to, he said he could play third base. So he's not worried about it.

SOX HAND TWINS RUNS: One constant during the season series have been the outbreaks of sloppy baseball by the White Sox. And it came into play on Tuesday when Kurt Suzuki tried to bunt Eduardo Escobar over to third. The Twins got the bonus plan there, when pitcher Zach Duke fielded the ball and threw into foul territory. It was almost predictable as he grabbed the ball and fired into the ground in front of first baseman Dave LaRoche. Then Tyler Saladino could have started a double play when Byron Buxton hit a hard grounder to him. But he paid the price for peeking at second before he had the ball. He ended up getting five-holed, putting runners on second and third. This is one of the many reasons Chicago has underachieved this season.

THOUGHTS ON BERRIOS: There seems to be a belief out there that the Twins are being cheap by not calling up Jose Berrios. That could not be further from the truth. This is not about money. I heard during the recently-completed road trip that Berrios' innings were going to make it hard for them to call him up. That, plus the Twins are concerned about putting him in the bullpen when he hasn't been there since 2012 - and ask him to produce during a pennant race. Their second reason shouldn't be an issue, because the Twins have spent the last couple of seasons trying out young players all over the diamond. If they didn't take a leap of faith with Miguel Sano, where would they be? But if they are concerned about Berrios' innings - he threw 140 last season and is at 161.1 this season - then don't call him up. Many teams follow a similar path when dealing with prospects. The Twins are doing it with Kohl Stewart, and I'm sure there are others in the system they probably are being careful with right now. Some fans have moved on to the next argument, that the Twins should have monitored Berrios' innings during the season. How do they do that? First of all, he has to be pitching well. And if he's pitching well, how can they hold him back when he needs to face hitters and continue to develop? My criticism is that Berrios should have started the Aug. 14 game against Cleveland instead of having a bullpen game. That should have been Berrios' game, then he could have moved to the bullpen. But all of this is classic second-guessing, isn't it? Who knows? The Twins might decide to call him up anyway.

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Chicago White Sox 61-69
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