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MINNESOTA TWINS

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Manager Rocco Baldelli said Buxton’s movement is still an issue, which kept him out of the lineup on Friday, but said the center fielder is “showing a lot of improvement.
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Star center fielder missed two big games against division rival Cleveland this week
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Twins infielder leads majors with a .362 batting average and .442 on-base percentage
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Cleveland wins for the 16th time in its past 20 games

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Second baseman has now missed a total of 11 games this season
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Brianne Smeltzer’s timely advice before her husband’s best start of the season is just one example
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Six of the seven runs starter Devin Smeltzer allowed were earned in his 4 1/3-inning outing, his rockiest start of his seven this season.
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The Twins placed Polanco on the IL for the first time (retroactive to June 13) with low back tightness, which has kept him off the field since Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays
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After Thursday’s game, he is hitting .359 with a 1.106 OPS at Triple-A. And he’s driven the ball plenty, socking 10 home runs — including a grand slam earlier in the week — in 35 games with the Saints.
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“He doesn’t miss games,” Baldelli said last week. “He doesn’t even want to come into my office or talk about health."

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Sonny Gray threw five scoreless innings in his return from the injured list.
The free baseball and softball clinic is hosted by Crow Wing Power and Brainerd/Baxter Baseball Association.
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Ryan threw 74 pitches on Tuesday in 4 2/3 innings, his velocity slightly down from his yearly average

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