Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/21/14
MINNEAPOLIS After an impressive spring, Aaron Hicks' first eight games as a major leaguer have presented a tough learning curve. The 23-year-old center fielder has just two hits in 35 at-bats while striking out 16 times. But despite his struggles at the plate, Hicks was still in the leadoff spot for the Twins on Friday as they opened a three-game series with the New York Mets at Target Field. Manager Ron Gardenhire knows the young outfielder may be pressing, but he'll give Hicks the chance to work everything out at the plate. "We want to do what's best for our baseball team, and that would be to take off and get some hits and run with it. But we want to protect him, too," manager Ron Gardenhire said before Friday's game. "It's only 30-plus at-bats against some really good teams. The weather's not been conducive for anything. We're going to give him a chance here to right himself. He's a good player, had a heck of a spring. Hopefully he'll come up with a couple hits, get some conf...
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