The Twins are calling up Byron Buxton, baseball’s No. 1 prospect, from Double-A

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MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up outfielder Byron Buxton from Double-A Chattanooga. He’ll be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers and a corresponding roster move will be announced then. Buxton was rated baseball’s #1 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus entering each of the last two seasons.

Buxton, 21, was taken by the Twins in the first round — second overall — in the 2012 draft. Carlos Correa, who made his major league debut recently, was taken by the Astros ahead of him.

Buxton was batting .283/.351/.489 with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 268 plate appearances in the minor leagues this season.

The Twins are light on outfielders with Aaron Hicks suffering from a right elbow injury and Torii Hunter serving a two-game suspension.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.