Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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MINNEAPOLIS There were times earlier this season when Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe looked lost at the plate. After going 0-for-3 in a game against Cleveland on May 14, his batting average dipped to .133. He was still drawing walks, as was evident by his .288 on-base percentage at the time, but the hits just weren't coming. Even so, the Twins didn't give up on Plouffe, instead continuing to put him in the lineup. Now the results are slowly starting to pay off, as Plouffe's bat is heating up. He drove in four runs in Saturday's 11-3 win over the visiting Chicago Cubs, including his ninth home run of the season."I'm getting good pitches to hit," Plouffe said. "I think I'm working myself into some good counts. Hitting strikes is what it's about. You don't want to chase those pitches. I think earlier in the season, I was doing that."When Plouffe was struggling offensively earlier this year, he was also without a true position defensively. A year ago, Plouffe spent most of his time at ...
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