An All-Star back in 2017, Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano struggled in 2018 before returning to form with a 34-homer campaign last season.
Sano, 27, has also been ice cold to open the 2020 season, hitting .054 with eight strikeouts before Saturday night’s game against the division-rival Cleveland Indians.
It now appears that the big man is back on track. Sano hit two homers in the first five innings, each one leaving Target Field with a 110-plus mile-per-hour exit velocity.
The first one came off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco in the third inning and traveled 427 feet.
Sanó Doubter. pic.twitter.com/yTiz19Xz5l
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 1, 2020
Sano then took Carrasco deep in the fifth inning, turning on a slider and wrapping it around the left field foul pole.
Don’t blink. pic.twitter.com/ZIZYf7NTQ1
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 2, 2020
This is a development in that Carrasco struck out 10 batters in his first start of the season against the Kansas City Royals last week. He looked darn good in that initial appearance.
Minnesota entered Saturday’s outing having hit 12 homers in seven games after breaking the single-season record last season. It has added three more to the mix in the first half of this game.