Schoop hits Twins’ 300th homer in 10-4 win over Tigers

Published 8:13 am Friday, September 27, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Schoop knew he had the best chance to make history for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

With the Twins recovering from Wednesday night’s celebration of their first division title since 2010, Schoop was the only player in Thursday afternoon’s lineup with more than 12 of Minnesota’s 299 homers this season.

Sure enough, Schoop was the one who made sure the Twins beat the New York Yankees to 300.

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Schoop hit Minnesota’s record 300th home run, Willians Astudillo also went deep and the AL Central champion Twins rallied past the Detroit Tigers 10-4 Thursday to move within one victory of giving the major leagues four 100-win teams for the first time.

With the Twins ahead 6-4 in the seventh, Schoop lofted Jose Cisnero’s slider to deep left, and a strong breeze pushed the ball into the Tigers bullpen. Astudillo connected off Zac Reininger in the eighth.

“It is great that I got to hit the 300th homer, but this record is about more than me,” Schoop said. “We’ve got a lot of guys with a ton of homers, but so many other guys have hit big ones when we needed it.”