Twins rookie Miguel Sano blasts two homers, makes all the bloggers in Minnesota swoon

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Twins stud prospect Miguel Sano was playing great through 32 career games, hitting .275 with tons of walks and extra-base hits, and then last night the 22-year-old rookie exploded for a monster game against the Rangers.

Sano went 3-for-3 with two homers, a walk, and six RBIs in the Twins’ blowout win.

His first home run was crushed, reaching the second deck at Target Field. At the time the Twins’ television announcers made note of that accomplishment. And then his second home run was a mammoth shot into the rarely reached third deck at Target Field, at which point I started tweeting out his stats accompanied by Beyonce videos.

Sano is now hitting .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage in 33 games. And if you prorate his numbers to 162 games you get 35 homers, 50 doubles, 108 walks, and 123 RBIs. His current .980 OPS would be the highest by a right-handed Twins hitter since Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew in 1969 and the highest by any 22-year-old rookie since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (who happens to be my favorite player of all time, despite his White Sox-ness).

Coming into the 2014 season Sano was considered by many to be the best power-hitting prospect in all of baseball, but then he missed the entire year following Tommy John elbow surgery. For him to pick up right where he left off as an elite prospect, earn a call-up to the majors three months into his comeback season, and establish himself as the bat around which the Twins’ lineup will revolve for the next decade or so is a much-needed bright spot for Minnesota baseball fans.

Miguel Sano is a bad, bad man.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.