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Miguel Sano back in action Sunday at Double-A New Britain following four-game benching

Jul 28, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Twins Daily Reuters

Miguel Sano has emerged from the Twins’ doghouse.

According to Mike Bernadino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the 20-year-old third baseman is back in the starting lineup on Sunday at Double-A New Britain after sitting out four games for disciplinary reasons.

Sano, a powerful young slugger with 81 homers in 349 career minor league games, got himself into trouble for pimping this solo shot Tuesday against the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate from Portland, Maine. And he apparently did not take kindly to his initial benching, which extended the team-assigned punishment even further.

Sano, the No. 3 prospect in affiliated ball according to Baseball America‘s midseason Top 50, is batting .294/.390/.621 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI in 93 games this year between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. He will surely drop his bat and run directly to first base after all future moonshots.

  1. FrustratedDolFan - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Sano was the star of “Pelotero”. Excellent documentary on baseball in the Dominican, highly recommend for all baseball fans. I am sure the Red Sox will make immense in their next game. These young kids need to learn how to respect the game. A 95 mph fast ball is always the great equalizer. Props to the Twins organization for trying to nip this in the bud!

  2. twinsapologist - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Our long national nightmare is over. I’m glad this doesn’t have to be discussed anymore.

  3. thomas844 - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    So I guess he won’t be showboating anymore

  4. mplsjoe - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    This incident will define Sano for Twin Cities media. If he succeeds, it will be because the organization taught him a valuable lesson about respect and playing the game the Twins way. If he fails, it will be because, as this incident showed us, he had a bad attitude and never learned, despite the organization’s best efforts, how to play the game the Twins way.

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