The Minnesota Twins broke a franchise record Tuesday night, hitting a home run in their 16th straight game. If you had Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier, Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler or any of the Twins' other sluggers in the office pool, you went home disappointed. No, it was Buxton (.173/.250/.255) who came through with the crucial bomb, smacking a solo homer to straightaway center field.
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The Gophers' softball team (DOWN ↓)
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association thinks the 54-3 Gophers are the No. 1 team in the nation. The NCAA does not. The selection committee declined to name the Gophers one of the tournament's top 16 seeds, meaning that the -- and this bears repeating -- No. 1-ranked team in the nation will not host a regional, and will instead travel to Alabama for their first game on Friday. If the Gophers advance to the super regional they could end up facing No. 1-seeded Florida.
Jose Berrios (UP ↑)
Berrios is finally back in the majors after a rough debut last season, and he appears to have learned a few lessons along the way. Minnesota's top pitching prospect for what feels like decades, Berrios finally turned in the sort of dominant start that Twins fans have waited for. He worked a career-high 7 2/3 innings in a win over the Cleveland Indians, allowing just one run and four base runners.
The Timberwolves' first-round pick (DOWN ↓)
Get it? Because they moved down in the lottery again?
Somehow, the Wolves' have never moved up despite 19 chances to do so. They'll pick seventh after starting in the No. 6 spot.
Hector Santiago (DOWN ↓)
The Indians roughed up Santiago, who turned in his worst start of the season Sunday. Santiago was yanked in the third inning after allowing six earned runs on seven hits, three home runs and two walks. He'll return to the mound during the Kansas City series and has pitched well this season behind ace Ervin Santana, but Sunday's outing was a rough one.