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Rhys Hoskins ties major league record with eighth homer through first 15 games

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The Phillies lost 9-8 to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, running their record to 3-9 over their last 12 games. Outfielder Rhys Hoskins continues to hit, though, as he smacked his eighth homer, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off of Vance Worley which knotted the game at one apiece.

Eight homers through his first 15 games matches a major league record also held by Carlos Delgado and Trevor Story. Along with the eight dingers, Hoskins has 19 RBI, 13 runs scored, and a .283/.406/.755 triple-slash line in 64 plate appearances.

Many wondered if Hoskins’ success in the minors would translate to the majors. In the early going, it has. He hit 38 home runs and knocked in 116 runs for Double-A Reading last year. He smacked 29 dingers and drove in 91 runs at Triple-A this year before his promotion to the bigs.

Miguel Sano gained weight this offseason

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Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.

They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.

Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.

Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.

So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.