Byron Buxton has not gotten off to the start that he and the Minnesota Twins had hoped for. Last night may have been the start of something special for Buxton and the Twins.
Playing on ESPN2 and facing one of their biggest rivals the Twins slugged four home runs and beat the Chicago White Sox 13-2. It was also the first game that Buxton hit out of the leadoff spot in the big leagues.
Buxton got the party started by hitting a leadoff double, the first double of his big league career. His elite speed was on display as he legged out the double that would have been a single for the majority of big league players. Brian Dozier drove in Buxton with the next at bat.
In the bottom of the third inning Buxton showed off his strong arm by gunning down Melky Cabrera at home plate to end the inning. It was Buxton’s first assist of his career. The very next inning Buxton picked up his second career assist when he threw out Gordon Beckham at second base.
Buxton finished the night 3-5 and raised his batting average to .200. He also scored three runs and it was his first multi-hit game of his career.
Will Paul Molitor keep Buxton in the leadoff spot? With the way the team and Buxton performed it would be surprising, but not shocking if Molitor put Dozier back in the leadoff spot.
It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Buxton may have gotten off to a slow start, but last night may have been the beginning of something special.
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