Parmelee could be starting at first-base in 2012

Chris Parmelee is off to an outstanding start in his rookie season with the Twins. The September call-up has been so good that, as of now, he is first in line to become Minnesota's starting first-baseman in 2012 if Justin Morneau isn't healthy enough to play in the field.
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Chris Parmelee is off to an outstanding start in his rookie season with the Twins. The September call-up has been so good that, as of now, he is first in line to become Minnesota's starting first-baseman in 2012 if Justin Morneau isn't healthy enough to play in the field.

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