Chris Herrmann

Sano strikes for Twins with 12th-inning pinch-hit blast

KANSAS CITY, Mo. If this is what playoff baseball is like, and it sure felt like it Wednesday, then Miguel Sano might come in really handy in the postseason.

But first, he has to get them there.

The rookie slugger did his part in the 12th inning Wednesday, coming off the bench to provide a cannon shot of a home run that stunned the Kansas City Royals faithful into silence. His pinch-hit home run, the Minnesota's first in more than two years, gave the Twins a 3-2 victory and an enormous shot of adrenaline.

The game was the last of six straight road games against first-place teams for the Twins, and they survived their tour of Houston and Kansas City...