Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks has looked like a different player since returning from the disabled list earlier this month, and he had perhaps the best offensive game of his young career in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hicks finished Monday's game with a four-hit night -- the first of his career -- which included two doubles and a triple. In seven games since coming back from the DL on July 2, Hicks is now batting 10-for-25 (.400) with a home run, three doubles, two RBI and eight runs scored.
"He's a little more confident," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Hicks. "I think he's comfortable right now. Hopefully it'll continue."
Hicks' first hit Monday was a ground rule double down the left field line to lead off the third inning. As Hicks rounded first, a fan in the left field corner interfered with the ball, allowing Hicks to reach second for his first of two doubles. Hicks later came around to score the Twins' first run later in the inning on a Brian Dozier dou...