BOSTON — After watching Miguel Sano muscle a home run 452 feet out to center field on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Nelson Cruz, his mentor of sorts, said he wasn’t surprised.
“That’s big boy territory,” Cruz said. “That’s typical him.”
Cruz also reached big boy territory Tuesday, hitting a home run 420 feet. With that home run — Cruz’s 35th of the year — he became the ninth player in MLB history to hit at least 35 home runs in six straight years.
He joins a list that includes names like Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Adam Dunn most recently accomplished the feat from 2004-10.
“I don’t think numbers,” Cruz said after the game. “I just come every day to the ballpark, make sure I do my job and do my best to help my team win games.”
Even if Cruz isn’t thinking about his numbers, they signify years worth of hard work, routine and consistency. Cruz, at 39, has been all the Twins could have asked for and more when they inked him to a deal this past offseason.
He entered Wednesday with 395 home runs, just five away from becoming the 57th player to reach the 400 mark.
“He’s an all-time great offensive player. He does things that nobody else is capable of. His consistency is related to his approach and what he does at the plate,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “…This guy makes wonderful adjustments on a pitch-to-pitch basis. He sees the ball well. he knows who he’s facing and what they’re trying to do to him and he knows how to counteract that. And then obviously when he hits the ball on the barrel, he just impacts it like very few guys do.”
Twins send Dyson back to Minnesota
The Twins sent Sam Dyson back to Minnesota with right biceps soreness, though it does not appear to be serious issue for the reliever at the moment. By sending him back, the Twins were hoping to get ahead of the issue.
Dyson was previously on the Injured List with right biceps tendinitis from Aug. 4-13, landing on the IL shortly after being traded over from the Giants at the July 31 trade deadline.
He pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday night’s win over the Red Sox.
Baldelli said Marwin Gonzalez (abdomen) was planning on taking swings in the cage on Wednesday, though didn’t have much of an update otherwise, except to say he had not had any setbacks.
Jordan Balazovic, one of the team’s top prospects, is among those who will join the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos for their playoff run. Balazovic compiled a 2.69 ERA across two levels this season, ending the regular season with the Class-A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle.
The Twins will hold a merchandise “yard sale,” this weekend at Target Field at the Gate 34 Experience area. Fans will be able to buy bobbleheads, shirts, jerseys and more. It will run all three days this weekend. The Twins Wives Organization will also host a book drive on Sunday.