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8 Kurt Suzuki C
Height/Weight: 5-11/203 | Birthdate: 10/4/1983 | Birthplace: Wailuku, HI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Cal State-Fullerton | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 16/10 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Eric Fryer replaces Kurt Suzuki at Twins catcher


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Suzuki has started 68 games behind the plate this season and six of the last seven. 

Eric Fryer gets his second start of the season in Suzuki's place. 


Twins C Kurt Suzuki records three-hit night in win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3 for 4 with a run scored in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Orioles. The three-hit night gives Suzuki a .216 batting average over his last 16 at-bats, as he has been unable to sustain any offensive consistency this season.

Twins C Chris Herrmann subs in for Suzuki Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Twins' Chris Herrmann replaced Kurt Suzuki at the catcher spot for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Suzuki had started five of the previous six games. Herrmann will hit out of the eighth spot in the lineup.


Kurt Suzuki drives in two runs for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 4, snapping a 13 at bat hitless streak spanning four games.

Suzuki drove in two runs, giving him 23 on the year. 


Twins C Kurt Suzuki gets the start on Tuesday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Reds. Suzuki sat out Monday's game after taking a warm-up pitch to the throat, according to the Star-Tribune

But he is able to give it a go on Tuesday, though he'll likely be back out of the lineup for Wednesday's matinee. Suzuki has struggled to the tune of a .143 batting average (3 for 21) over his last six games.


Chris Herrmann gives Kurt Suzuki a day off for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup for Saturday's game at Milwaukee. 

Suzuki has started the last four games and seven of the last eight. He's replaced by Chris Herrmann, who gets his 17th start at catcher this season. 


Twins C Kurt Suzuki rips third home run of the season on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki flashed some rare power to give his team an early lead on Saturday against the Cubs. The veteran backstop launched a solo home run in the second inning off Jon Lester, putting the Twins up 1-0. It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Cubs would claim the extra-innings victory.

The home run was Suzuki's third of the season, and his first since mid-April, spanning 45 games in between longballs. 


Twins' Chris Herrmann spells Kurt Suzuki at catcher


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Suzuki gets a rest after five straight starts. Chris Herrmann replaces him behind the plate for the 14th time this season. 


Twins' Kurt Suzuki batting second Sunday vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been moved to the No. 2 spot in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

It's the first time this season Suzuki has hit higher than fourth, a spot he occupied twice in early May. Regular No. 2 hitter Torii Hunter is moving to the cleanup spot with Trevor Plouffe getting a breather Sunday. Suzuki has enjoyed a small hot streak, going 5 for 7 with two walks in his last two starts.

The Twins are home underdogs (+113) on Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins start Herrmann; Suzuki gets a breather behind the plate


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki received a breather against the Brewers on Saturday. Manager Paul Molitor inserted Chris Herrmann behind the plate and at the seventh spot in the order against Brewers right-hander Matt Garza.

Suzuki is hitting .247 (36 for 146) with two homers and 15 RBI in 43 games. Herrmann is off to a slow start, hitting just .182 (8 for 44) with a home run and seven RBI in 16 games.

Minnesota is favored (-136) at home against Milwaukee, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins C Kurt Suzuki records three-hit game on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki had his second three-hit game of the season in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Red Sox. All three of his hits were singles, and he also scored and drove in a run in the come-from-behind victory.

Suzuki had been hitless in his last three games, but his batting average was lifted to .239 with the three-hit effort.


Kurt Suzuki, Danny Santana out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was out of the starting lineup on Sunday. Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who gets his ninth start behind the plate. 

Shortstop Danny Santana also misses a start. He's replaced by Eduardo Escobar for the fifth time this season. 

Right fielder Torii Hunter also gets a day away from the field, starting at DH.


Chris Herrmann replaces Kurt Suzuki in Twins' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki will get a rest on Sunday. For the first time in 10 games, Suzuki is not in the starting lineup. 

Chris Herrmann replaces Suzuki behind the plate for his eighth start of the year. He'll bat sixth in the lineup.


Twins give Torii Hunter a breather against former club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter was given a day off for just the fifth time this season Thursday afternoon against Detroit. With Hunter out, manager Paul Molitor shuffled his lineup, moving catcher Kurt Suzuki to the No. 2 hole and Eddie Rosario to right field and in the seventh spot.

"He’s been out there a lot ... lot of at bats. Just backing him off," Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. "Made sense today."

Hunter is hitting .281/.331/.488 with six homers and 21 RBI in 31 games played.

Detroit is favored (-155) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins' Kurt Suzuki, Jordan Schafer out of the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki and center fielder Jordan Schafer are out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, the team announced.

Suzuki has started five of the last six games for Minnesota, but will get a rest as Chris Herrmann draws the start. Suzuki is hitting .208 in 72 at-bats. Schafer gets the day off with Shane Robinson drawing the start in center.


Kurt Suzuki, Eduardo Escobar, Jordan Schafer out of Twins' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Twins left three starters out of Sunday's starting lineup. 

Catcher Kurt Suzuki goes to the bench, with Chris Herrmann getting his second start in five games. Herrmann is batting eighth in the lineup. 

Left fielder Eduardo Escobar is out of the lineup after four straight starts. Oswaldo Arcia returns to left, batting sixth. 

Center fielder Jordan Schafer also gets a rest, with Shane Robinson making his tenth start in center and batting seventh. 


Twins give catcher Kurt Suzuki a rest day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was not included in the starting lineup Wednesday against Detroit, receiving a day of rest. Instead, Minnesota used Chris Herrmann behind the plate to catch Phil Hughes. Suzuki has a hit in each of his last four games played, and has raised his batting average from .195 to .241 over that span. 

Kurt Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Kennys Vargas out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Catcher Kurt Suzuki, DH Kennys Vargas and right fielder Torii Hunter were not included in the Twins' Sunday lineup. 

Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who started his fourth game at catcher, batting eighth.

Oswaldo Arcia moved over from left to replace Hunter. Eduardo Escobar picked up his fourth start of the year in left, batting sixth.  

Eduardo Nunez played Dh for the first time this year, batting fifth. 


Molitor: Wild pitches, Suzuki foot problem unrelated


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Twins have thrown three wild pitches that allowed two runs to score with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate since he took a foul ball off his right foot Monday. But Paul Molitor doesn't believe the two facts are related.

"I don't think it's affecting his ability to block the ball," Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "You can see he's doing the right thing."

Suzuki hasn't appeared to be affected at the plate either. He slammed two hits on Tuesday.


Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki remains in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is still in the starting lineup Tuesday after taking a line drive off his foot, the team announced. Suzuki didn't have any swelling and said after the game Monday the ball hit the fleshy part of his foot and felt he would be able to play Tuesday.

"I checked with Kurt and thankfully he's OK," Molitor said. "He's bruised and all that. But he's fine. He wants to be in there and is capable in there. Not going to set him back."

Suzuki feels like he's taken a bit of a beating to start the year, according to MLB.com.

"The first 10 games I've been playing in, I feel like I've been getting beaned, or foul-tipped or back-swinged," Suzuki said. "Maybe I'll just get that out of the way now and I'll be fine the rest of the season."

Suzuki is hitting .182 with two home runs and four RBI in 33 at-bats this season.


Twins C Kurt Suzuki breaks loose in victory over Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) 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
(4/9/2015) 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 lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins option Josmil Pinto, Eric Fryer to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) 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.


Five Twins return for workouts on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) All five Twins players -- Byron Buxton, Trevor May, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer and Kurt Suzuki -- that were sent home due to illness on Monday, returned to the clubhouse on Tuesday and rejoined the club for workouts, reports the Star Tribune.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.