MINNEAPOLIS – In the home clubhouse at Target Field before Thursday's game, Eddie Rosario had been wearing a shirt with "BOMBA" written in all capital letters across his chest. In the home clubhouse at Target Field before Thursday's game,
MINNEAPOLIS ] been wearing a shirt with "BOMBA" written in capital letters across his chest. He had been the one to christen this Twins lineup the "Bomba Squad" all that weeks ago, but he did not hit a long ball in nearly a month.
It only took one pitch to change that in the seventh inning , when Rosario entered the game as a pinch-hitter and swung mightily at A's reliever Yusmeiro Petit's first offering ̵
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A's starter Mike Fiers has continued to play the role-playing duo with Luis Arraez in the seventh inning before Miguel Sano worked his way through the game pinch-hit opportunity for Rosario, who returned from a 13-game stint on the injured list on Tuesday.
The aggressive Rosario took his hack on a 90 mph fastball down the middle of the plate, took several steps backwards out of the batter's box as he admires the blast and yelled into the twins' dugout as he ran through on his trot around the bases. He received a curtain call from 28,432 on hand and chants of his name as he ran to his left-field position for the following half-inning.
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Rosario's home run marked the first pinch-hit homer
It also opened the floodgate, as Mitch Garver and CJ Lou Trivino in the eighth inning as the twins' open roared to life against the Oakland bullpen.
The Twins never seem to click in a sloppy two-game sweep at the hands of the Mets to open their current homestand, a messy series that includes three errors, two passed balls and nine unearned runs as a result.
He found his redemption rather quickly, and it came to his team sorely needed it after another sloppy start to the game that saw
Right-hander Kyle Gibson steals out seven seconds in the first two innings and rally after being killed by two double plays three-run ball, and Taylor Rogers then came in to notch a two-inning save.
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