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Twins' Sano becomes first to hit Trop roof

The Twins’ Miguel Sano points skyward after homering in the ninth. Earlier, he became the first player ever to hit the roof at Tropicana Field.


The Twins’ Miguel Sano points skyward after homering in the ninth. Earlier, he became the first player ever to hit the roof at Tropicana Field.

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays lost 6-3 Sunday to the Twins in a game notable for this: Someone actually reached the roof of Tropicana Field with a fly ball.

It happened in the first inning when 3B Miguel Sano's towering popup struck the roof above the left side of the infield. MLB ground rules for all stadiums with roofs say the roof over the playing field is in play, so it was a live ball. 3B Evan Longoria caught it on the way down for the second out of the inning.

"I didn't really see it," RHP Matt Andriese said. "I looked up and the ball just disappeared. I wasn't too sure where it went, but Longo kept his eye on it, so that was cool."

It was the first time in the stadium's history that someone missed all the catwalks and wires and actually reached the roof, which at its apex is 225 feet. Sano's ball was estimated to have climbed 210 feet.

"I think it would've hit the roof if it was 30 feet higher," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It didn't just graze it."

Sano showed he could hit the ball just as far on a straight line, homering twice for four RBIs.

ZEROS FOR ODO: RHP Jake Odorizzi enters tonight's start against the Blue Jays having not allowed a run in his past three starts, a span of 202/3 innings. That's the longest uninterrupted scoreless streak by a starter in franchise history.

Odorizzi, 3-0 in his past four starts, said everything is coming together now, and that enables him to pitch with a confidence he didn't have earlier this season.

"I'm in a good place right now," Odorizzi said. "Just want to keep it going."

That his split-finger fastball returned during his first start after the All-Star Break has been a big help.

"It's been a lot better than what it was for whatever reason," Odorizzi said. "I haven't changed anything. I haven't put any more or less effort into it. It just showed up the second half of the season. I'm glad it's here."

LONG BALL LONGO: Longoria hit a 442-foot home run in the eighth inning that sailed under the Ducky's deck in left-centerfield. It was his 25th home run of the season, marking the fifth time in his career he has hit at least 25, breaking a tie with former Ray Carlos Peña for the franchise record. It was also his seventh homer in seven games this season against the Twins.

MILLER GIVETH AND GIVETH AWAY: SS Brad Miller reached base three times and drove in the first run of the game with a single that scored LF Nick Franklin. He had eight RBIs over the 10-game homestand.

But Miller committed one error (his 14th of the year) when the ball rolled under his glove in the seventh inning that led to a run. He had a throwing error in the first inning erased when replay showed 2B Logan Forsythe's foot was on the second base bag for a forceout.

INJURY UPDATES: 1B Logan Morrison (strained right forearm) and OF Oswaldo Arcia (eight elbow strain) will join Class A Charlotte today in Jupiter and begin working out with the club. They are expected to begin their rehab assignments later this week. … SS Matt Duffy (left Achilles strain) went 0-for-4 Sunday for Triple-A Durham.

NOTEWORTHY: The Rays (45-65) were 6-4 on the homestand and are a half-game ahead of the Twins for the worst record in the American League. … Franklin hit his second homer of the season. His 17 RBIs are the most since he had 45 as a rookie in 2013. … The three-game series drew a total of 40,413 to the Trop.

Twins' Sano becomes first to hit Trop roof 08/07/16 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2016 9:51pm]
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