got off to a solid start after sitting out the first 80 games of the season while serving a suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The 25-year-old shortstop was reinstated July 2 and went 7-for-26 (.269) with two doubles and a stolen base in his first seven games. Last season, Polanco batted .256 with 13 home runs and 13 steals in 133 games to help the Twins reach the AL wild-card game.
Manager advice: “Be yourself. Don’t worry about trying to make an extreme impression or whatever it might be that you might try to make up for lost time. Just be the player that we know that you can be. That’ll be plenty good enough.” ❚ First-round draft pick
a right fielder from Oregon State, received a $2.55 million signing bonus after helping the Beavers win the College World Series. He was the 20th overall selection.
Paul Molitor’s Larnach, Trevor