Sano is back after missing the first 41 games of the season with a foot injury. The Twins reinstated the 26-year-old slugger Wednesday after Mitch Garver landed on the 10-day injured list. Sano spent 10 games with the Twins' various minor-league affiliates as part of a rehab assignment, hitting .316 with nine RBI, four doubles and two home runs. An All-Star in 2017, Sano was demoted to Single-A after struggling at the plate last year, but appeared primed for a bounce-back season after slimming down over the winter.
Gerald Mayhew, Wild forward (↑ UP)
Nearly two years to the day after inking his first pro deal, Mayhew, 26, signed his first NHL contract. The Wild rewarded the 5-foot-10 winger's steady improvement with a two-year contract worth $700,000 per year in the NHL and $200,000 per year in the AHL. It's a major step up for the Michigan native, who developed into a point-per-game player down in Iowa after spending four seasons at Ferris State. He was a force in Iowa's first playoff appearance, racking up nine goals and two assists in 11 games. It's a logical step for the big club, which struggled to score last season. Minnesota averaged just 2.56 goals per game last year, their worst mark since the 2013-14 season.
Mitch Garver, Twins catcher (↓ DOWN)
Garver's breakout season might be on hold for a bit. He hit a mammoth two-run homer in the third Tuesday night to power the Twins to a win over the Angels, then suffered a high-ankle sprain tagging Shohei Ohtani at the plate in the eighth on what would have been the game-tying run. It's particularly tragic given Garver's trajectory. The 28-year-old is hitting .329 with nine home runs in just 79 at-bats, with a .747 slugging percentage, which would rank second in the majors if Garver qualified for the official leaderboard (he's not quite at 3.1 plate appearances per team game yet).
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Willians Astudillo, Twins catcher (↑ UP)
Missing since April 27 with a hamstring injury, La Tortuga returned Sunday, starting at catcher and batting leadoff against the Detroit Tigers. He looked sharp despite the time off, hitting doubles in his first two games back and making a nifty play at third base Monday night. His mother, Ana Mercedes, celebrated Mother's Day with her son before Sunday's game, throwing out the first pitch with Astudillo behind the plate.
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Jose Berrios, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
The Twins' ace suffered his first loss since April 7 on Monday. Berrios allowed 12 hits and five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up back-to-back home runs to Mike Trout and Ohtani in the third inning. It's not all bad though. Berrios earned two votes in MLB.com's first Cy Young poll of the season, second amongst American League pitchers to Justin Verlander.
C.J. Cron, Twins first baseman (↑ UP)
The Twins added a ton of pop to their lineup last winter, but Cron, claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, was among their savvier pickups. He broke out last year, his age-28 season, hitting 30 home runs with 74 RBI before the Rays designated him for assignment. Burned the year before by Logan Morrison, another Rays slugger coming off a big season, the Twins were undeterred. So far, the move is paying dividends. Cron hit three more home runs last week, and now has nine on the season, tied with Garver for second on the Twins.
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Kyle Rudolph, Vikings tight end (↓ DOWN)
Cutting or trading a Pro Bowl tight end less than a year after a hard push to make him the Walter Payton Man of the Year has to be a tough sell. However, a parting of the ways appears to be in the cards here. Contract talks that could have cut down on Rudolph's approximately $7.6 million cap hit reportedly stalled over the weekend, which would seem to make some sort of move imminent. The Vikings drafted a tight end in the second round and had to finesse the salary cap just to get their first-round pick signed, so this isn't really a shocker, but it'll be strange seeing Rudolph suit up for a new team this season if a move does materialize. Rudolph has spent his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, piling up 3,787 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns.