SANO ENDS DROUGHT: Twins manager Paul Molitor said before the game that things can be tough on a slumping DH because he might have 45 minutes between at-bats and nothing to think about other than his at-bats. So he decided to start Miguel Sano, who was in a 1-for-20 skid, at third base on Saturday. ``Get him out there and play defense,'' Molitor said. ``See if that helps.'' Sano struck out in his first at bat but got ahead 3-0 in the third, got the green light and lit up a James Shields pitch for a two-run home run. Sano had gone 67 plate appearances without a home run before his blast on Saturday. The Twins hope it will be the hit that gets Sano going.
DOZIER DOES IT AGAIN: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is not missing his pitch when he gets it. He hit a leadoff home run in the first to tie the game - after Adam Eaton hit a leadoff homer of his own. Dozier spoke before the game about how home runs come in bunches. He's right, but it still can be awe-inspiring to see some who is on everything. That's 34 home runs, folks. He's got a shot of becoming just the fourth second baseman ever to hit 40 in a season. The AL mark is 37. Once he realized that he needed to take pitches up the middle, he began to stay behind pitches more and is able to drive them out to center and even right. He's hitting the ball where it is pitched more, and the result has been one heck of a power surge. Enjoy the run, because you never know when you see another one like it.
BUXTON-PALOOZA: Who is this impostor pretending to be Byron Buxton? The Buxton Twins fans have seen doesn't drive the ball like this guy does. He doesn't hit home runs. And this Buxton doesn't even strike out. Buxton was 3-for-4 on Saturday with a 439-foot home run to help the Twins beat the White Sox. He has 14 total bases in three games since being called back from Class AAA Rochester. And, while he has not drawn a walk yet, he has not struck out yet either. ``One thing we have seen in the last few days is that he's shown a little more aggressiveness,'' Molitor said. ``His swing looks a little bit better in terms of quickness and reacting to pitches and recognizing pitches.'' I'm not ready to proclaim Buxton a changed man just yet. When he was called up on May 31, he batted .435 over his first six games, then the struggle got real. Let's see if he can sustain what he's done through three games during this stint. One thing I'm encouraged about is that both Molitor and Trevor Plouffe have said Buxton's bat looks quicker. That's a good sign,