Twins’ Polanco trending up with sudden power surge
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Jorge Polanco (⬆ UP)
Hip, hip, Jorge! Polanco had never hit a three-run homer in his career … and then he smacked two in the same day. The shortstop is riding a seven-game hitting streak – just over a week after tallying 10-game streak – and has knocked in at least one run in seven of the Twins’ last eight games. Since Aug. 2, Polanco is hitting .382/.417/.647 with five doubles, two triples, a trio of homers and 16 RBI. The 24-year-old has smacked three of his 10 career homers in the past three days.
Mackensie Alexander (⬇ DOWN)
The Vikings are hoping Alexander can fill in at nickel corner after Captain Munnerlyn departed in free agency. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson picked on Alexander during the first few drives of Friday’s preseason game, connecting with Doug Baldwin for a pair of long passes that the 23-year-old was responsible for. Everything coming from head coach Mike Zimmer about Alexander has been positive throughout camp, so the Vikings are hoping those were two fluke plays.
Dalvin Cook (⬆ UP)
The second-round pick flashed his illusiveness and speed in Friday’s preseason game, rushing for 15, nine and nine yards on three consecutive plays. Cook has carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards in the preseason – a 4.4 yard per-carry average – and has caught five passes for 40 yards. This kid’s for real. Now let’s see him get into the end zone in Week 3.
Kyle Gibson (⬆ UP)
Gibson pitched seven full innings for the second time this season in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. He fanned a season-high eight hitters and only walked one, while throwing 63 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
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Byron Buxton (⬆ UP)
Scroll through FOXSportsNorth.com and you’ll quickly notice our love for Buck, especially in the past week. Buxton has been on fire in the last month and change -- in center field, in the batter’s box and on the base paths. If the season ended today, Buxton would have already set career highs in runs scored, hits, stolen bases, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and WAR. And that’s with 37 games to play.
Isaiah Washington (➡ NEUTRAL)
Washington, one of the Gophers’ most highly anticipated recruits in recent years, was caught in the middle of sneaker-head controversy with Nike. Nike released a new model of Paul George shoes that resembled the “JellyFam,” a popular movement started by Washington that went viral on social media. The new Paul George shoes feature components of the JellyFam – including the grape emoji – which prompted Washington to tweet his discontent, since his status as an amateur in the NCAA prevents him from profiting: “It’s crazy bro they know I can’t so they just take advantage.” Nike has since dismissed any reference to Washington’s movement in the shoe, and Washington has deleted his tweet … but it still feels a little fishy.