Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/14/13
By DAVID DORSEY Special to FOXSportsNorth.com FORT MYERS, Fla. Aaron Hicks appears next in line to assume the Minnesota Twins center field position, a spot that has been held on Opening Day by just eight men in the past 27 years. Hicks, 23, hopes to fall more in line with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, who eight times started in center between 1985 and 1995, and Torii Hunter, who started nine straight years from 1999-07, than some of the stopgap players at that spot (Rich Becker in 1994, '96-97, Otis Nixon in '98 and Carlos Gomez in 2008-09). What began this spring training as an open competition among Hicks, Darin Mastroianni and Joe Benson has turned into what most certainly, barring injury or a surprise, will result in Hicks winning the job and Mastroianni landing the fourth outfielder's role. Benson, who missed much of last season with a broken bone in his hand and a knee injury, needs to play every day, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said, and may end up at Triple-A Roches...
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