Byron Buxton’s RBI Triple Sparks Minnesota Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- — Byron Buxton raced around the bases all afternoon Sunday, his worth-the-price-of-admission speed on full display for the Minnesota Twins.
The right knee trouble he's been fighting all season sure looked like an afterthought.
“It’s a very fun part of my game,” Buxton said, “to be able to hit the ball in the gap and run and get that electricity going throughout the dugout.”
The Rockies, on the other hand, finished their road trip 1-5 and scored only six runs in their last four games.
Buxton had been held out of the starting lineup for three straight games to rest his persistently sore and swollen right knee. He'd gone almost three years without a triple until hitting one Saturday in a 6-0 win over the Rockies. He also scored from first base on Sunday on Kepler's two-out double in the seventh down the left-field line to give the Twins some insurance.
Twins RHP Joe Smith was placed on the 15-day injured list with tightness in his upper trapezoid muscle, which is around the neck. LHP Jovani Moran was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to take Smith's place in the bullpen, his third stint in the majors this season.
Coming up the Twins will play five games in Cleveland beginning today. Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.53 ERA) will open the series Monday night in Cleveland, with RHP Triston McKenzie (4-5, 3.51 ERA) taking the mound for the home team. Gray and McKenzie were the starting pitchers here on Wednesday night when the Guardians won 11-10.
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