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Twins’ Buxton quits game with knee problem, to have MRI scan

BOSTON (AP) — Twins star Byron Buxton left Minnesota’s 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday with a right knee injury and will undergo an MRI.

The Platinum Glove-winning center fielder slid into second base late for a double after Boston misplayed their popup in the first inning. His left leg seemed to get stuck under him as his right foot slammed into the bag.

He slammed a hand into the dirt and was immediately pulled. He left on his own.

“Obviously he felt real discomfort,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “He plays a lot. He’s a tough guy and he always wants to be on the pitch. I think in that case he knew that was something he wasn’t going to be able to play with today.

The 28-year-old has been among the best players in the game in recent years when healthy – and unfortunately for the Twins, that has rarely been the case. He hit .306 with 19 home runs in 61 games in 2021 but was limited by a broken hand and a sprained right hip.

Buxton signed a seven-year, $100 million contract to remain a long-term Twin through the winter. He had another powerful start this season, hitting three homers in seven games.

Buxton also suffered from shoulder, groin, toe, migraine and wrist issues that caused him to play at least 100 games just once in eight major league seasons.

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