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Twins 3B Plouffe enters season with Sano waiting for chance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Trevor Plouffe is coming off of a season in which he led the Minnesota Twins in RBIs and signed a $4.8 million, one-year contract that made him the highest-paid third baseman in franchise history.

Put those two things together and the 28-year-old Plouffe would appear to be on firm footing heading into his sixth season in the big leagues. But with star prospect Miguel Sano recovered from an elbow injury that cost him most of last season, the future is anything but certain for Plouffe.

"I'm in it to win, man. I want to win the AL Central," Plouffe said as the Twins opened their annual fan festival.

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Leaders
AVG: K. Suzuki.288
HR: B. Dozier23
RBI: T. Plouffe80
SB: B. Dozier21
W: P. Hughes16
ERA: P. Hughes3.52
Saves: G. Perkins34
K: P. Hughes186
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Detroit 9072.556-
Y-Kansas City 8973.5491
Cleveland 8577.5255
Chi White Sox 7389.45117
Minnesota 7092.43220
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .254 (11)
Runs: 715 (7)
Hits: 1412 (9)
Home Runs: 128 (19)
Stolen Bases: 99 (14)
OBP: .324 (5)
SLG: .389 (12)
Total Bases: 2166 (12)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.57 (29)
Runs Allowed: 777 (29)
Saves: 38 (21)
Strikeouts: 1031 (30)
OpBA: .280 (30)
OBP: .330 (27)
SLG: .428 (28)
Run Support: 4.48 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
1/24 B. Duensing Signed ( 2015)(avoids arbitration)
1/23 J. Schafer Signed ( 2015)(avoids arbitration)
1/16 C. Fien Signed ( 2015)(avoids arbitration)
1/16 T. Milone Signed ( 2015)(avoids arbitration)
1/16 E. Nunez Signed ( 2015)(avoids arbitration)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/27 J. Pinto Left game - illness (day-to-day)
9/24 T. Plouffe Fractured left forearm (day-to-day)
9/20 A. Hicks Back stiffness (day-to-day)
9/16 E. Escobar Jammed right shoulder (day-to-day)
9/6 D. Santana Strained lower back (day-to-day)
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