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Twins outfielder Byron Buxton exits with apparent leg injury

Apr 10, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (not pictured) during the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton left Friday’s game in Boston in the first inning with an apparent leg injury after sliding into second base with a leadoff double.

Buxton screamed in pain and slapped the ground before hobbling off the field. Nick Gordon replaced Buxton and scored on a single by Luis Arraez to give the Twins a 1-0 lead over the Red Sox.

Buxton, 28, signed a seven-year extension this offseason worth a reported $100 million.

He is batting .250 (6 for 24) through seven games this season with three home runs and four RBIs.

Since playing a career-high 140 games and winning a Gold Glove in 2017, the oft-injured Buxton played a total of 28, 87, 39 and 61 games during the 2018 through 2021 campaigns, respectively.

He batted .306 in 2021 with a career-high 19 home runs to go wtih 32 RBIs, 50 runs scored and nine stolen bases. His 1.005 OPS led American League hitters with at least 200 at-bats and ranked second in baseball after only National League MVP Bryce Harper (1.044) of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Twins selected Buxton with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

–Field Level Media