Will Casilla ever find consistency?

The Twins' Alexi Casilla's batting average is at .290 right now, and he's playing well in the field. Is this the real Casilla, or is another mind-bending slump just around the corner?

The Twins' Alexi Casilla's batting average is at .290 right now, and he's playing well in the field. Is this the real Casilla, or is another mind-bending batting/fielding slump just around the corner?

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