Just playing with some numbers today.

The Cubs' Kris Bryant has 19 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs and 68 RBI. He has walked 63 times and struck out 146 times.

Bryant has played in 110 games.

Miguel Sano has 10 doubles, no triples, 10 home runs and 32 RBI. He has walked 72  27 times and struck out 59 times.

Sano has played in 41 games.

If you project Sano's numbers over 110 games, like Bryant has played, Sano would have 27 doubles, no triples, 27 home runs and 86 RBI. He would have 72 walks and 158 strikeouts.

Geez, should the Twins lock up Sano now? Just kidding, but I might not be a year from now.

Sano on Thursday became the fastest Twin to reach 10 home runs, doing it in his first 41 games. Since being called up July 2, he leads all rookies in RBI, walks and slugging percentage and is tied for first in home runs.

Closer Glen Perkins is on track to play catch to see how his neck is doing after talking two cortisone shots in it on Wednesday. He could throw in the bullpen on Sunday then be available to close on Tuesday when the Twins open a three-game series in St. Petersburg against the Rays.

Lefthander Tommy Milone will make his second start since coming off of the disabled list. He should be able to throw 90-95 pitches.


Byron Buxton, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Torii Hunter, RF
Eddie Rosario, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS

Tommy Milone, LHP


Manny Machado, 3B
Gerardo Parra, RF
Adam Jones, CF
Chris Davis, 1B
Matt Wieters, DH
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
J.J. Hardy, SS
Caleb Joseph, C
Nolan Reimold, LF

Wei-Yin Chen, LHP

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