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Span one of Twins few bright spot so far this season

Despite an inconsistent 2011 season, the Twins’ leadoff hitter is off to a fast start this year. In addition to an impressive batting average of .333 and a decent amount of extra base hits, he’s reaching base at a very good clip.
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Despite an inconsistent 2011 season, the Twins’ leadoff hitter is off to a fast start this year. In addition to an impressive batting average of .333 and a decent amount of extra base hits, he’s reaching base at a very good clip.

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