A couple notes from the Twins' win on Wednesday.
3-0 Sano: Miguel Sano had the green light on 3-0 in the third inning and clobbered a David Holmberg get-me-over fastball 414 feet and over the right field wall for a solo home run. That's how the big guys hit 'em. You are not going to see many righthanded hitters good deep to the opposite field like that. "It was impressive for me in that you don't get pull happy, even though it is 3-0" Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He knows that his power is anywhere. Not too many guys go oppo 3-0 because they are looking to yank." Sano was 2-for-15 against Cleveland but has homered in the first two games of this series. "I give him the green light most times," Molitor said, "but leading off an inning I make him take once in a while. But he's kind of in scoring position when he's at the dish."
Where is Jose going with this?: Jose Berrios is 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Only 11 pitches have more wins. Only five pitchers have a better ERA. By my calculations, Berrios will get three more starts before the All-Star break, so he won't be able to qualify for the league leaders. But could three more starts like Wednesday's make a case for him to be added to the All-Star roster? He might make things interesting. Aside from Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale, there aren't many blue bloods having big seasons. If Ervin Santana gets back on track after Tuesday's clunker, he has to be considered. And of course, how many relievers will be named to the team? But Berrios could make things interesting.
Sox yarns: David Holmberg doesn't hold runners on base well. "I thought off Holmberg, we had an opportunity," Molitor said. The Twins hit a season high with four stolen bases, three by Ehire Adrianza. Holmberg didn't even check Adrianza after he stole second in the third inning, and Adrianza swiped third. Then Brian Dozier got a big jump on him in the fourth....last year, I watched Tim Anderson play and thought he was going to be a pain in the Twins' rears for years. But Anderson is not having the best of seasons. He committed his 16th error of the season on the third inning, and I was told after the game the mistakes are wearing him down.