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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||440.00||4.00||.266||54.00||35.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Kansas City||13||2||1|| .154|| .385|| .154|
|vs Vargas (Career)||32||6||0|| .188||.257||.188|
|vs LHP||9||2||0|| .462|| .222|| .222|
|Last 10 Games|
Twins C Kurt Suzuki breaks loose in victory over Royals
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/16/15) The struggles at the plate of Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki are over - at least for now. Suzuki raised his batting average to .200 with a two-hit game Thursday against the Royals.
Most impressive was a two-run homer off Chris Young in the eighth. Suzuki also singled in the win, breaking a three-game hitless slide.
Twins' Suzuki gets a day off Thursday after a rough day Wednesday
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/9/15) Twins manager Paul Molitor circled Thursday's game against the Tigers as a day to potentially rest catcher Kurt Suzuki. His decision got a lot easier after Suzuki took a breaking ball off his right thumb while trying to block a pitch in the dirt Wednesday. He also fouled a pitch off his left instep.
"He got a little beat up," Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. "He's fine. He's a guy who can play nicked up. We saw that last year. Kurt loves to catch. He wants to catch as many games as he can."
Chris Herrmann drew the start Thursday at catcher.
Twins option Josmil Pinto, Eric Fryer to Triple-A
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/2/15) The Twins have optioned catchers Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer to Triple-A Rochester, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Pinto dealt with concussion issues late in the spring and went 6 for 17 in seven games of action. He could be back before long once he's received enough at-bats. Fryer was 9 for 32 with one home run this spring.
With the moves, the Twins are set to open the season with Kurt Suzuki as the starting catcher and Chris Herrmann as the backup.
|2014 summary: The Twins signed Kurt Suzuki to a one-year deal last offseason, and in replacing Joe Mauer behind the plate, he played his way into a two-year contract extension. Suzuki's production had languished the previous two seasons as a flyball hitter who no longer had much power, but in 2014 he took to hitting more grounders. The change paid off in the form of a career-high .288 batting average and 61 runs, his highest total since 2010. Suzuki's lack of strikeouts -- 46 in 452 at-bats -- helped him towards an 11th-place ranking among catchers in Fantasy points, but he ranked just 17th in Rotisserie value.|
Playing time status: Suzuki will return as the Twins' No. 1 catcher.
2015 outlook: A low strikeout rate and increased ground ball rate certainly helped to boost Suzuki's value, but a .288 batting average is probably as good as it gets for him. Because he has great contact skills and should get steady playing time, Suzuki will still be worth targeting as a No. 2 catcher in standard mixed leagues.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||@ KC||8:10 pm||Jason Vargas|
|4/22/15||@ KC||8:10 pm||Jeremy Guthrie|
|4/24/15||@ SEA||10:10 pm||Felix Hernandez|
|4/25/15||@ SEA||9:10 pm||James Paxton|
|4/26/15||@ SEA||4:10 pm||Hisashi Iwakuma|
|4/27/15||DET||8:10 pm||David Price|
|4/28/15||DET||8:10 pm||Anibal Sanchez|