A second round of tests on Miguel Sano's left hand came back negative, and the big man is standing next to the batting cage holding a bat as I write this.

Twins manager Paul Molitor is sure that Sano has peace of mind now that he's had the hand checked out again. It's not clear if Sano will be available as a pinch hitter tonight. But at least he appears to be on a path to return to action.

This is the first of four games between the Brewers and Twins - two games here and two games there - but it's a format I'm not a fan of. Interleague rival series should be two three-game series, preferably on the weekend. For some reason, this is the way the schedule shakes out. Next year, the Twins will play the NL Central in interleague. That's usually when two three-game series are played.

It's hard to optimize this matchup when it's held durimg the week. And two-game series stink, anyway.

In  minor league news, the Twins have promoted lefthander Stephen Gonsalves to Class AAA Rochester after he went 8-3, 2.68 for Class AA Chattanooga. Maybe he'll get a look in September.


Domingo Santana, RF
Ryan Braun, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Jesus Aguilar, DH
Eric Thames, 1B
Hernan Perez, 2B
Orlando Arcia, SS
Keon Broxton, CF
Andrew Susac, C

Brent Suter, LHP


Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Robbie Grossman, RF
Eduardo Escobar, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Byron Buxton, CF
Ehire Adrianza, CF
Jason Castro, C
Jorge Polanco, SS

Ervin Santana, RHP 

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