FORT MYERS, FLA. – A couple of Twins hitters came out of hibernation Saturday.
Miguel Sano crushed a long home run and Max Kepler hit two doubles as the Twins turned back Toronto 6-2 at Hammond Stadium. Sano and Kepler accounted for most of the Twins offense early on while providing a peek at what they could bring to the table this season.
Sano led off the second with an opposite-field single, then rumbled to third when Kepler doubled into the right-field corner to end an 0-for-10 skid. Sano then scored on a groundout for the first run of the game.
Sano came to the plate in the third with Brian Dozier on second. When Blue Jays righthander Mike Bosliger fell behind 3-0, Twins manager Paul Molitor turned to bench coach Joe Vavra and said, "You think he's going to throw a slider here?"
Vavra didn't say anything. But when Sano hit a fastball over the center-field wall for a two-run homer, Vavra said, "He should have."
Sano entered the game 1-for-10 at the plate this spring.
"Hopefully you find out who's fearless there," Molitor said. "You can't worry about the time you pop it up."
Kepler then followed with his second double in as many at-bats. Molitor was surprised to hear Kepler had been hitless.
"I think his at-bats have been good," Molitor said. "He got a little feedback today. He smoked a couple balls to right."
The Twins took a 4-1 lead in the sixth on J.B. Shuck's sacrifice fly. Drew Stubbs added a two-run double in the eighth for the Twins' final runs. Righthander Ervin Santana threw three scoreless innings, the longest outing by a Twins starter this spring.