Here are three thoughts following the Twins win over the Rangers:
NOT SO FAST: Some Twins had to be licking their chops when the Rangers had to insert reserve catcher Bryan Holaday with two outs in the seventh inning. Holaday couldn't throw more than 76 miles an hour and bounced his knuckler a few times. The Twins had 17 runs at the time and could take aim at the club record of 24 runs scored in a game. But the Twins' timing was thrown off so much that he retired all four batters he faced. Mission accomplished. Eduardo Nunez made the highlight reel for swinging so hard at a breaking ball that he fell over. Some Twins didn't want to face Holaday. "I didn't want to face him,'' Max Kepler said. "You look foolish if you strike out and it's embarrassing.'' The Rangers bullpen might be a mess right now, but Cole Hamels is on the mound Sunday. He just might be the AL starter in the All-Star Game.
SANO GOES DEEP: Miguel Sano hit a two-run home run in the third inning after chasing a ball way out of the zone in his previous at bat and striking out. Sano was told to relax and stay back, and it paid off. "You could tell he was in home-run mode,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He was a little over aggressive and we talked about letting the game come to you, especially when you are a power guy. He expanded the zone, had a lot of swings and misses early. But he finally got a slider that he could handle. Good to see him on the home run board upon his return.'' Sano batted just .160 during his rehab stint at Class AAA Rochester, so it wasn't that surprising he has not looked sharp in the two games he's played since coming back. Well, make that one game, as he came through on Saturday.
INJURY ALERT: The Twins have had to place Danny Santana (twice) and Miguel Sano (once) on the disabled list because of hamstring injuries. Now they are worried about doing so with infielder Eduardo Escobar, who had to leave Saturday's game after the second inning.Escobar injured his left hamstring as he slid across home plate in the first inning. He returned to play in the field the next inning. He batted in the second and flew out to center, but grimaced in pain moments after he made contact. He struggled to run to first and came out of the game. He's considered day-to-day, but Twins manger Paul Molitor said Escobar will be re-evaluated Sunday morning. The way things are going, the Twins might have to place Escobar on the disabled list and call up Jorge Polanco.