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Minnesota Twins outfielder Brent Rooker went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays. Rooker was a big part of his team's seven-run offensive output, as he got the scoring started with an RBI double in the second inning, then belted a solo homer in the sixth. The 26-year-old has slashed .320/.346/.640 with two homers, five RBI, and three runs scored in September. Rooker is making a case for himself as a mainstay in the Twins lineup next year, making him a potential redraft sleeper in 2022.
Minnesota Twins second baseman/shortstop Jorge Polanco went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Indians. Polanco was one of three Twins to homer in the third inning, as he sent a ball 425 feet into the seats at 104.1 MPH. The 28-year-old is having a career year for Minnesota- and has been one of the best draft values relative to ADP. The surging Polanco is a must-start right now, as he's batting .297 with seven homers in September.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run in Friday's win over the Blue Jays. Donaldson contributed to a five-run third inning, sending a ball 382 feet into the seats at 101.5 MPH. It's his 23rd homer of the year. Donaldson has been a frustrating fantasy asset, as his .813 OPS and expected statistics point to a productive player, though he's had trouble staying healthy once again. Hopefully, this game is the start of a good stretch for the slumping Donaldson.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda picked up his seventh win of the season Friday against the Blue Jays. Pineda pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on three hits while walking a pair. The right-hander only struck out two batters but managed to generate nine whiffs, six of them on his heater. Pineda has been an up-and-down fantasy asset this season, though he is having an excellent September, pitching to a 3-0 record with a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. He'll be tough to trust in a rematch with the Blue Jays his next time out, even with such success.
Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. Sano enjoyed a strong day at the dish, ripping a 108.2 MPH double before clobbering a 113.7 MPH, three-run homer, his 28th of the year. The slugger is batting just .234 and has struck out 20 times in 47 September at-bats but has great power upside, as evidenced by his five homers during the month. He'll look to keep his strong month going on Friday against the Blue Jays.