White Sox show Twins they can slug, too, hit three homers in one inning

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago

The Minnesota Twins hung a 10 spot on the White Sox in the season-opener, an offensive display not terribly surprising from a lineup that hit 307 homers last season.

Well, this remade White Sox lineup can slug, too.

Yoán Moncada hit a big three-run homer early on in Friday night's loss, but the White Sox really showed they can hit dingers just like the Twins can Saturday.

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Leury García, Edwin Encarnación and Eloy Jiménez all homered in a four-run bottom of the fifth inning.

García, the subject of much Twitter-based scorn after a rocky night in the field Friday, did his best to make up for it with his first homer of the 2020 campaign.

Then, after José Abreu picked up his first hit of the year, a single, Encarnación hit his first homer in a White Sox uniform, blasting a ball so convincingly that the Twins outfielders didn't budge.

As for the much anticipated parrot celebration, Encarnación seemed to have something more important on his mind, offering numerous sky points rather than busting out his trademark post-homer buddy.

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Then it was Jiménez, who's known Encarnación for years, going back-to-back with his longtime friend, bouncing this ball off the top of the right-field wall and into the Twins' bullpen.

It was a homer-happy day on the South Side. While the White Sox collected that trio of long balls in one inning, it wasn't the end of the Home Run Derby.

White Sox killer extraordinaire Nelson Cruz drilled a three-run shot off Steve Cishek in the top of the sixth, and James McCann hit a long ball of his own in the bottom of the inning.

This is what happens when the season starts in July instead of April. And it might just be the way the race for the AL Central goes all season between these two clubs.


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