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Rosario builds strong campaign with 20th HR

June 26, 2019

VOTE NOW! The All-Star Starters Election ballot is open until Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. Questions? Our complete guide to voting will fill you in on everything you need to know. KANSAS CITY -- Eddie Rosario's fourth-inning drive to right field on Sunday afternoon settled into the seats just inside

VOTE NOW! The All-Star Starters Election ballot is open until Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. Questions? Our complete guide to voting will fill you in on everything you need to know.

KANSAS CITY -- Eddie Rosario's fourth-inning drive to right field on Sunday afternoon settled into the seats just inside the foul pole at Kauffman Stadium. It was his 20th homer in less than half a season and it provided another example of why Rosario made the cut in early voting for a possible starting outfield spot in the All-Star Game.

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The top nine American League vote getters among outfielders will be in the Starter's Election, which is open until Thursday. The Twins' cleanup hitter finished sixth among AL outfielders in the Primary election with 1,172,657 votes.

Rosario's homer against the Royals on Sunday accounted for all of Minnesota's offense in a 6-1 loss. He also battled through a 14-pitch at-bat in the sixth that ran up Kansas City starter Homer Bailey's pitch count to a point where manager Ned Yost felt compelled to go to his bullpen, even though Rosario eventually struck out.

Besides Rosario, the Twins have shortstop Jorge Polanco, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and first baseman C.J. Cron in the Starter's Election.

Rosario, who hit 27 and 24 homers the previous two seasons, is on pace to go well beyond those numbers.

"He's a good, aggressive Major League hitter," manager Rocco Baldelli said of Rosario. "There's no one way to get him out. He's a guy who is dangerous on every swing that he takes, and has come up big for us several times. You can point to a lot of games where we've come back and won, and he's the one stepping up and getting the big hit."

Rosario's homer on Sunday was his first since June 9 and it snapped Bailey's 16 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

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