The Twins hosted the Red Sox on Thursday night, losing 6-5 to their fellow Fort Myers residents. The game was on the teevee! Here are some notes if you missed it:
- Miguel Sano had no problems in right field in his first spring training game. It's important to note that no one hit a ball to right field in that game. HOWEVER. On Thursday night, Brennan Boesch, who is still in the league, hit a liner that Sano took a Delmon-esque angle on. The ball went over his head and resulted in a double. That'll happen. Over to you, Clarence.
Sano didn't get hurt. That's how I'm measuring his success in the field. I'm inventing my own analytics. He didn't get hurt. Success.— Clarence Swamptown (@CSwamptown) March 4, 2016
- Sano absolutely vaporized a double, too, so he can still hit.
- Byung Ho Park, the Twins' big off-season acquisition (apologies to any relatives of John Paul Murphy reading this), had an inauspicious beginning on Wednesday, striking out 54 times in one game if Twitter is accurate. He connected on the first pitch he saw Thursday night, driving in Sano with an RBI single.
- Taylor Rogers, one of the names being thrown around as a reason for the Twins' inactivity on the bullpen free agent front, did not inspire confidence, hitting a batter and giving up back-to-back doubles to the first three hitters he faced. He did get the final three outs of the inning. J.T. Chargois, another potential solution, fared better.
- Dinger Update: Danny Santana stroked a majestic 2-run dong. Santana bouncing back after a rough 2015 would be a nice problem to have.
- Veteran Reclamation Project: Carlos Quentin had an RBI single.
- Closer Return from Injury Project: Glen Perkins pitched an uneventful inning.