Video: Byron Buxton scores Twins’ winning run in his major league debut

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Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton didn’t get a hit in his major league debut on Sunday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but still managed to make an impact. He scored the Twins’ go-ahead and eventual game-winning run from first base in the top of the ninth inning against the Rangers.

Eduardo Escobar had led off the top of the inning with a double, but was caught between second and third base when Buxton tapped a grounder back to reliever Shawn Tolleson. Brian Dozier popped up in the infield for the second out, leaving Buxton on first base. Eddie Rosario then ripped a 2-0 off-speed pitch from Tolleson into the gap in right-center. Buxton read it perfectly and scored easily from first base to put the Twins up 4-3, the score by which they would go on to win.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.