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Miguel Sano kissed the baseball before throwing to first for the final out on Saturday night

Ervin Santana may have "Smell baseball" but Miguel Sano has the market cornered on "tenderly love baseball." Sano kissed the baseball before throwing to first for the final out in Saturday night's wild 11-9 win over the Red Sox. He said it's something he'd done in the Minor Leagues, but did it on Saturday because it was an emotional back-and-forth game. He let a popup drop behind third base and made a throwing error but also went 3-for-4 with a homer at the plate.

"It was my way of showing emotion and thanking God for the game we had," he said. "It was just my emotions taking over. I was just happy we won. It was such an emotional game. So many ups and downs. We fought hard, stayed in there and showed we could hang with them."

Sano also dropped a popup in the previous game on Friday, so Twins manager Paul Molitor joked, "Somebody said he kissed it because he was glad it was a grounder and not a popup," Molitor said with a laugh. "But I won't say who."