Sano delivers Major firsts for Twins' offense

Sano delivers Major firsts for Twins' offense

KANSAS CITY -- The Twins called up top prospect Miguel Sano in hopes he could help jumpstart their struggling offense, and he ended up factoring into both runs scored against the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Sano went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI and his first career run, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, was impressed with what he saw from the 22-year-old rookie.

Sano had an RBI single to right in his first at-bat against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, and hit a laser off the left-center-field wall in his second at-bat in the fifth for his first career double.

"We got a glimpse," Molitor said. "The first base hit was beautiful. He was trying to advance the runner and stays inside, and hits a bullet over there. His next at-bat, he crushes one, but just didn't get enough elevation to get out of the park. But he was a big part of our offense tonight."

Sano, however, left a runner at third in the sixth, striking out on three pitches from Guthrie. Sano also struck out in the ninth against closer Greg Holland, whom he picked up his first career hit against on Thursday. Sano is 3-for-8 to open his career.

"They started to realize they had to pitch him really tough," Molitor said. "He had a few at-bats after that. But he battled. He's really confident up there right now."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.