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Buxton out, Kirilloff in as Twins face Astros in Game 2

It's unclear why Buxton isn't starting.
Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's do-or-die playoff game between the Twins and Astros. 

Buxton, who had one of Minnesota's four hits in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to Houston, has been replaced in the lineup by Alex Kirilloff, the Twins' No. 2-ranked prospect who will make his MLB debut in a playoff game. 

Why Buxton isn't starting hasn't been announced by the Twins. Buxton did not appear to sustain any injury during Tuesday's game, but he is less than a week removed from being hit in the head by a 92 mph fastball in last Friday's regular season game against the Reds. 

Buxton left that game and didn't play in either of the Saturday-Sunday games. 

Because the minor league season was postponed due to COVID-19, Kirilloff hasn't played in a real game since spring training. 

Here's batting order for Game 2, which starts at 12 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. 

  1. Luis Arraez, 2B
  2. Max Kepler, CF
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH
  4. Eddie Rosario, LF
  5. Miguel Sano, 1B
  6. Alex Kirilloff, RF
  7. Jorge Polanco, SS
  8. Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
  9. Ryan Jeffers, C

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