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Video: Twins’ Joe Mauer has the second-most hits in franchise history

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Twins slugger Joe Mauer made history on Friday night after slashing a two-out single against the Athletics’ Sean Manaea in the fifth inning. The ball rolled into left field to mark Mauer’s 2,086th career hit, good for second-most in franchise history.

The 35-year-old first baseman/DH accomplished the feat in a 15-year span with the Twins, eclipsing the 2,085 hits Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew collected with the club during the first 12 seasons of his career. Carew eventually polished off a 19-year track in the majors after scooting just beyond the 3,000-hit mark, with 3,053 knocks to his name. Mauer still needs another 219 hits to take first place from Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, whose 2,304 hits have yet to be bested by any franchise player so far.

While Mauer’s fifth-inning single broke an important record, it wasn’t quite enough to narrow the team’s one-run deficit. Manaea induced a fly out from Logan Forsythe to bring the inning to a close, and the A’s advanced to a four-run lead following Matt Chapman‘s three-RBI blast off of Oliver Drake. The Twins currently trail 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.