Twins’ Jorge Polanco activated from IL

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins’ struggling offense got a boost when second baseman Jorge Polanco was activated from the injured list and placed in the starting lineup against Washington.

Polanco began the season on the sideline due to inflammation in his left knee. The ailment was a lingering effect of an injury that sidelined him for the final month of last season.

Selected as an AL All-Star in 2019, Polanco posted career highs with 33 homers and 98 RBIs in 2021.

During an eight-game rehab assignment, he slashed .231/.323/.269 in 31 plate appearances at High-A Fort Myers and Triple-A St. Paul.

“He’s been playing, he’s been coming back the following days in good shape, he’s in a good frame of mind and he’s ready to get in some major league ballgames,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of Polanco, who’s batting fifth and playing second base against the Nationals.

Minnesota is currently 25th in the majors in OPS, and Twins hitters lead the AL with 185 strikeouts.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.