AL batting leader Luis Arraez sidelined as Twins face Royals in series finale

Megan Ryan


By Megan Ryan
www.startribune.com

The Twins finish a three-game series against the Royals at Target Field (6:40 p.m., BSN) without American League batting leader Luis Arraez in the lineup.

Arraez left Wednesday’s 4-0 victory because of left hamstring tightness. After the game, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said an MRI didn’t reveal any substantial damage.

“This is one of those types of issues that a guy has been playing with for a long time,” Baldelli said. “He was DHing for a while because of it. He was just getting back to the point where he could take the field, and he could start to move around a little bit and do some different things, probably push it a little bit more. But then he has the infield hit to start the game, and he’s running like that. So that made it tough.”

Arraez is hitting a league-leading .320, three points ahead of Boston’s Xander Bogaerts. Only seven players in the league have batting averages .300 or higher.

Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers leads the majors at .329.

The Twins are also without injured regular position players Byron Buxton (hip), Max Kepler (leg, wrist) and Jorge Polanco (knee) after losing Miguel Sano, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach and Ryan Jeffers earlier in the season. Larnach (core muscle surgery) and Jeffers (broken thumb) are set for rehab assignments in St. Paul as they hope to return before the season ends.

Six Twins players — Buxton, Carlos Correa, Emilio Pagan, Jose Miranda, Jorge López and Jovani Moran — will wear Roberto Clemente’s No. 1 on Clemente Day in the major leagues.

The White Sox beat the Guardians earlier today, meaning the Twins are now 412 games behind first-place Cleveland, which leads second place Chicago by three. The Twins, who have won the first two games of their three-game set with Kansas City, begin a five-game series in Cleveland on Friday.

Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.66 ERA) will start for the Twins tonight against Royals lefthander Daniel Lynch (4-10, 5.14).

ROYALS LINEUP

MJ Melendez, LF

Bobby Witt Jr., 3B

Salvador Perez, C

Vinnie Pasquantino, DH

Michael Massey, 2B

Michael A. Taylor, CF

Nick Pratto, 1B

Kyle Isbel, RF

Nicky Lopez, SS

TWINS LINEUP

Kyle Garlick, DH

Carlos Correa, SS

Jose Miranda, 1B

Gio Urshela, 3B

Gary Sánchez, C

Gilberto Celestino, CF

Nick Gordon, LF

Jermaine Palacios, 2B

Jake Cave, RF



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