Sano's recent struggles to make contact have been well-documented, but he's turned things around over the past week. Sano has four homers in his last four games and hit two during a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. He went yard again Tuesday in an 8-6 loss to the Oakland A's.
Nelson Cruz, Twins designated hitter (↑ UP)
"Boomstick" turned 39 on Monday and is looking better than ever. An All-Star a year ago, Cruz had a strong case for the All-Star Game again this year and is on pace to improve on his 2018 numbers. He homered again Sunday against the White Sox and is up to 16 dingers on the season while hitting .279/.367/.562 with a .928 OPS.
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Jake Odorizzi, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Odorizzi left Tuesday's game with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand after allowing a grand slam in the fourth inning. It's a tough break for Odorizzi, who was tapped to pitch in the All-Star Game for the first time, but with the break on the horizon, the Twins' ace shouldn't miss more than one start.
Max Kepler, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
Kepler was one of several Twins players inexplicably left off the All-Star roster last week. He responded to the snub by hitting two home runs Saturday to help the Twins to a win over the White Sox, then added a double in that loss to the A's. He's up to 21 home runs on the season, a new career high, and is hitting .268/.342/.545 with a .887 OPS through 76 games.
Karima Christmas-Kelly, Lynx guard (↓ DOWN)
Already shorthanded, the Minnesota Lynx lost another key player this week. The Lynx announced Monday that Christmas-Kelly will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The 29-year-old signed with the Lynx as a free agent after her knee surgery limited her to just six games in 2018.
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Mats Zuccarello, Wild winger (↑ UP)
Zuccarello, 31, wasn't the biggest fish available in free agency, but the Norwegian playmaker should give the Wild's top-six a boost. Good for 50-60 points in four of the last six seasons, Zuccarello was on track for another big year before an injury limited his regular season to just 48 games. Traded from the New York Rangers to the Dallas Stars at the deadline, Zuccarello shined in the playoffs, tying Tyler Seguin for the team lead with 11 points in 13 games. A $6 million AAV makes sense for a player of Zuccarello's caliber, even if that five-year term could start to look a little dicey later on.
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Ryan Hartman, Wild winger (↑ UP)
Still just 24, Hartman is pretty well-traveled at this point. He's spent time with Chicago, Nashville and Philadelphia since being drafted 30th overall in 2013, and has now moved at the trade deadline in back-to-back seasons. Still, he's a guy worth kicking the tires on. Hartman has flashed potential a few times since coming up through the U.S. national team development program and the OHL, scoring a career-high 19 goals in 76 games for the Blackhawks during the 2016-17 season. The Wild should get a solid player to round out their bottom-six, and Hartman gets the stability of a $1.9 million AAV and a two-year term after playing last season on a one-year deal for close to the minimum.