"Garv Sauce" is back. The Twins catcher returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three weeks with an ankle injury, going 1-for-4 in his first game back. Just a reminder: Garver was hitting .329/.418/.747 with nine home runs and a 1.164 OPS in 25 games before the injury. Those are, to put it mildly, pretty wild numbers for a third-year catcher. The league's official leader amongst catchers, the Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, is hitting .291/.398/.564 with a .962 OPS and 13 homers in 54 games. "Boomstick" returned Tuesday, going 0-for-4 after hitting .270/.354/.508 with a .862 OPS and seven home runs in 35 games before his injury. With Garver and Cruz back, the Twins' lineup is at full strength for the first time this season with five more games against the AL Central on tap.
Devin Smeltzer, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Smeltzer stuck around for another start after shutting out Milwaukee last week, but the sequel to his dazzling debut didn't live up to the hype. The 23-year-old rookie went 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Cleveland Indians, giving up five earned runs on four homers and three walks, while striking out just two. He would have gotten away with it had Indians starter Shane Bieber not held the Twins to just five hits and a pair of solo home runs, but the Twins' division lead is down to just *checks notes* 10 1/2 games.
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Marwin Gonzalez, Twins infielder (↑ UP)
His Twins career got off to a shaky start, but Gonzalez is finally back to looking like the versatile .260 hitter Minnesota signed away from the Houston Astros over the offseason. Gonzalez is batting .309 with five home runs in 28 games since May 1, and has been on a tear this week. He's up to seven hits in his last four games after going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run Tuesday.
Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
Buxton took over Sunday in a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 2-for-4 at the plate, fired a laser to first base after slamming into the center-field wall again for an 8-3 double play and managed to beat a toss to home plate while scoring on a squeeze bunt. He's hitting .273 with five home runs since May 1 and .263 with six home runs and a .828 OPS on the season. It's finally safe to say it: Buck has arrived.
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Mike Hughes, Vikings cornerback (↓ DOWN)
The second-year corner, who suffered a torn ACL in October, won't practice this spring, head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Tuesday. Hughes could be back on the field in late July, when the Vikings reconvene for training camp, but his status remains a question mark going forward.
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves center (↑ UP)
The Athletic's Shams Charania reports that the Timberwolves are among the teams interested in adding Brooklyn Nets point guard and noted KAT friend D'Angelo Russell this summer. Karl seems into it.
Charlie Coyle, former Wild forward (↑ UP)
Traded to his hometown Boston Bruins at the deadline for Ryan Donato, Coyle is having a breakout playoffs after scoring just 12 goals in 81 games during the regular season. He's up to 16 points in 21 playoff games this season, and leads the Stanley Cup Final with three goals, one each from Game 2 to Game 4.
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Minnesota Lynx (↓ DOWN)
The WNBA's last unbeaten team, the Lynx fell to 3-1 with an 84-77 loss to the Seattle Storm on Tuesday. On the plus side, Minnesota is allowing just 70.8 points per game this season, the fewest in the league, and shot a season-high 50.9% from the field against Seattle. Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and five rebounds, passing Tina Thompson for fourth on the league's all-time rebound list.