Twins’ Kenta Maeda finds his power, sinks Rangers
May 4, 2021 12:31AM CDT
Kenta Maeda returned to form in win after averaging four K’s per game in April.
CARLOS GONZALEZ, STAR TRIBUNE Gallery: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) in the second inning.
The Twins’ search for the old Kenta Maeda came to the right place: 60 feet, 6 inches from Texas Rangers hitters.
Maeda, whose strikeout rate fell to a career low in April, rediscovered his third-strike talent against the whiffingest team in the west on Monday, and rode those swings-and-misses to his first win in nearly a month, 6-5 over Texas at chilly Target Field.