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Cleveland and Boston but could be shorthanded Friday night when they open a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Target Field.
Eduardo Escobar left in the fourth inning of Minnesota’s 9-2 loss to the Red Sox Thursday after he took a Rick Porcello fastball to the right elbow.
The AL leader with 32 doubles this season Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , Escobar has been red-hot this month, batting .386 with an .800 slugging percentage in 70 June at-bats.
Manager Paul Molitor said Escobar would be re-evaluated Friday.
“He’s sore and swollen,” Molitor said. “I think it got the bottom of the triceps more than on the elbow. We tried to see if he was able to continue, and he gave it a go, but you could tell he was having trouble swinging in that second at-bat.”
Eddie Rosario was scratched prior to the game Thursday with soreness in his right shoulder. He leads the team with 16 homers this season and has been having a good month as well, batting .357 with a .757 slugging percentage.
Rosario said he’d be back in the lineup against Texas and Molitor admitted resting the 26-year-old was a precautionary move.
“I just think we’re trying to keep the big picture in mind,” Molitor said. “So, we’re gonna back him off. It’s just one of those things where you think what you’re doing is best for the player for the long term.”
The Twins are already without second baseman Miguel Sano, who was optioned to Class A Fort Meyers to work on hitting the slider, and center fielder Byron Buxton, whose fractured toe has shown improvement but not enough to return from a minor league rehab assignment.
Missing all that firepower will leave right-hander Fernando Romero a much smaller margin for error as he takes the mound for his 10th career start.
Romero has cooled off since going 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA through his first four big league outings, going 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA over his last five. That number is somewhat skewed by an eight-run disaster at Kansas City back on May 30, but Romero’s strikeout rate has plummeted from 9.11 per nine innings to 5.95 over his last four starts.
“Gosh, there’s still a lot to like Rock Ya-Sin Jersey ,” Molitor said. “The way that he’s been able to get the ball on the ground pretty consistently, especially the way he can get in on righties.”
In his first start against Texas, Romero will face a Rangers’ lineup that is feeling good after sweeping the Royals earlier in the week and has won five in a row overall.
Rougned Odor has been a catalyst for the Rangers’ recent success. He was hitting .169 exactly one month ago but has batted .267 with a .761 OPS in the 26 games since to raise his average to .226.
“I believe he’s progressively gotten better,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He’s showed progress where we need him to show progress. Odor has been a significant player on this team and will continue to be a significant player.”
Left-hander Mike Minor gets the start for Texas.
He held the Rockies to two runs over seven innings in his last outing, giving him a second consecutive quality start for the first time since earning six in a row for the Braves back during the 2014 season.
Friday will mark Minor’s first career start against the Twins.
DENVER (AP) — Drew Lock doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for saying that winning games — not mentoring the rookie quarterback — is his top priority.“I think if any quarterback’s main goal isn’t focused on winning games, first off, it’s not the quarterback you want on your team,” Lock told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday.On Monday, Flacco, who was acquired from Baltimore in January, said he’s too busy learning a new offense to concern himself with grooming his supposed successor, a stance that drew praise from general manager John Elway and coach Vic Fangio but criticism from the likes of Kurt Warner and other media members who viewed it as selfish.“I feel like if it would have been like the exact opposite answer, people would have scrutinized him for not wanting to win football games first,” Lock said. “It’s such a double standard there with what people are making out of what he said.”Lock said his budding relationship with Flacco has been great.“Me and Joe talk out on the field http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/ben-banogu-jersey , talk over things in the QB room. I mean, it’s hard even to think about how couldn’t I learn from the guy when we’re in the same QB room every day and on the same field every day and I get to watch his reps, I get to hear the play calls he’s running in my head through the helmet. I think it was just mainly him stating that, yeah, I do have a young quarterback underneath me right now but don’t forget that I’m here to win football games.“And he thinks that he can do that and so do I.”Lock said he’ll pepper his position coach and offensive coordinator with questions and “when I’ve asked Joe a question, it’s not like he turns a cold shoulder and doesn’t talk to me. He answers and we talk about things. So, I’m appreciative of what he’s done.”Lock said the brouhaha over Flacco’s statement shows him firsthand what a quarterback town he’s landed in, where both Peyton Manning and Elway cast long shadows.“I knew heading into Denver, they’re going to put a lot of pressure on the ‘Q’ and if you’re winning ballgames, you’re The Man, and if you’re losing, like any other program, there’s something wrong and we need to figure something out,” Lock said from Los Angeles Parris Campbell Jersey , where he was signing a batch of Panini NFL trading cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premier. “But I think you can definitely leave a lifelong legacy in the city of Denver if you’re a winning ‘Q’ there. So, I think that’s probably one of the cooler things about it.”Lock, who was selected in the second round of the NFL draft last month, said that when he and fellow Broncos rookie Noah Fant arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, they were in a fender bender when the shuttle taking them from the airplane to the terminal struck a cart carrying luggage.He said nobody was injured.“Yeah, I’ve been hit way harder than that,” Lock said. “So, it wasn’t that big of a deal.”Lock starred at Missouri, where he operated almost exclusively out of the shotgun. Elway said he must learn to line up under center to succeed in the NFL.This is the second straight season that Flacco’s had to deal with questions about a rookie quarterback.In Baltimore last year, the Ravens selected Lamar Jackson late in the first round and Flacco lost his starting job to the unorthodox rookie after getting hurt in November.