Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa make powerful punch over Twins lineup


Fort Myers, Fla. – Ten years ago, Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton went back-to-back for the first time when the Houston Astros snatched Correa with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft and the Twins grabbed Buxton behind him.

On Friday they were again engaged in back-to-back lines. This time it was in the Twins’ lineup in reverse order – Buxton first, Korea second – and the pair put on a show in the Twins’ 8-7 exhibition win over the Atlanta Braves at Hammond Stadium.

“I think there’s a very real chance that we see him (the bat) another couple of times this year, and I think we got a little taste of it today, and it was good,” said manager Rocco Baldelli.

Buxton finished the day for 3 with a pair of home runs and four runs. That’s now hitting .407 this spring. Korea had a pair of extra-base hits in the game – a double and her second home run of the spring, which came after Buxton’s second of the day.

After coming out of the game, the pair got a lot of accolades to pay off.

“It’s okay to hit him behind me, get down on base and do what you’re going to do and he’s going to take care of himself,” Buxton said. “Today was a fun day, just me and watching him hit another two. It’s going to be a fun year. A really fun year.”

Buxton said the two talked on deck before the game about Atlanta starter Max Fried, whom Korea last faced in the World Series. Buxton then went outside and hit a leadoff home run.

After a game, Correa has found that he likes to hit Buxton’s back – even though Buxton sometimes clears bases before he has a chance.

“He is very dynamic, isn’t he? He has many ways to build a base. Now he hits for power,” said Korea. “He does everything. You know when he’s at the plate, something good is going to happen, so when you’re hitting behind him, I know if he goes into the gap, I know he’s out without will be at number three. So it gives you more comfort in batting. He’s great, man. He is great. I am very pleased with it.”

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Archer Debut

New Twins starting pitcher Chris Archer, who the team signed on Tuesday, clocked 95 mph in his debut on Friday, throwing 50 pitches in two 2/3-inning outings.

Archer, who had been throwing at Arizona before signing, said he felt a little tired towards the end, but said the start “checked all the boxes” for him.

“(Pitching coach) Wes (Johnson) and I set some goals and recovering was the No. 1 goal and the No. 2 strike zone to fill,” Archer said. “For the most part, I did.”

Archer conceded three runs in five hits while getting one out. For his first spring training debut, he said he was happy with where he was, and Baldelli echoed that sentiment.

“I was really excited by what I saw with him today,” Baldelli said. Stuff was excellent. He was in and around the area for the entire beginning. He seemed very comfortable there on the mound. ,

matter of rivalry

The greatest rivalry in college basketball will take another level on Saturday night when Duke and North Carolina face off for the first time in the NCAA Tournament at 7:49 CT. And North Carolinians within the Twins Clubhouse will enthusiastically take note—even if they don’t particularly like one of the blue-blooded shows.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, the most winning coach in Division I men’s college basketball history, is retiring at the conclusion of this season, with even more in line.

“A North Carolina fan would say, ‘Poetry,'” bullpen coach Pete Maki, a former Duke coach and current Durham resident, said of the prospect of Krzyzewski’s career ending in a tournament against UNC. “A Duke fan would say ‘a tragedy.’ But hopefully Duke comes out on top and they win the whole (Danger).

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Archer, a native of Raleigh, said he grew up in an NC State home—his father went to school there—though he wasn’t a big Wolfpack fan. Thus, he is indifferent to “no skin in the game”, but is waiting for a good game.

Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers, who grew up on the NC State side in the Raleigh area, is a little less indifferent—he dislikes both teams.

“Do I want the coach to go out on a high note?” Jeffers asked. “It would be almost hilarious if his last two losses were at UNC or two of his last (three) losses, so I don’t know. I am still torn on him.”

Jeffers later said that he would likely root for North Carolina—and then be the winner of Villanova and Kansas in the championship game. Charlotte native pitcher Bailey Ober also didn’t become a fan of either team, but plans to root for UNC as well.

“I think it would be great,” Ober said. “I mean, everyone’s going to be pitted against each other depending on which side you’re on, but it’ll be fun to watch. I can try to stay off Twitter during that time.”

The rivalry will also involve the Minnesota trio. Duke’s Theo John is ahead of Champlin Park High School, while the two Tar Heels — Dawson Garcia, a Prior Lake grad, and Kervin Walton, a Hopkins alum — also hail from Minnesota.


twin top prospect Austin Martin He will start his season in Double-A. , brent rucker (shoulder) played five innings in right field and took five at-bats in a minor-league game. , Jeffers He hit his second home run in as many days on Friday.

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