Miguel Sanó’s third-inning solo homer to Target Field’s upper deck in left field propelled the Twins to their first lead in their 11-4 rout of the White Sox on Friday -- and also towards the top of baseball’s record books.
After Eddie Rosario hit No. 99 of the season for Minnesota earlier in the inning, Sano’s homer marked the club's 100th homer of the season, making the Twins only the second team in Major League history to reach the century mark in the club’s first 50 games of the season. Max Kepler smashed another solo shot an inning later to bring the Twins’ total to an MLB-leading 101, within one of the mark set by the 1999 Mariners, who clubbed 102 long balls through the first 50 games.
The Twins are on pace for 327 homers this season, putting them in line to shatter not only the club record of 225, set by the 1963 Twins, but also the MLB record of 267, set by the Yankees last season.
The Twins’ 34-16 record ties the mark for most wins through 50 games in franchise history.