Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Trevor Plouffe got something Sunday only baseball's best hitters get: protection. That would have been unthinkable at any other point in his major-league career, but the reality is Plouffe has been one of baseball's best hitters in June, and Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire treated him as such for Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee. Through Saturday, Plouffe had homered nine times in June, and his two-homer performance in a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday gave him the team lead with 14, one ahead of Josh Willingham. After the Brewers pitched around him on Saturday -- Plouffe drew three walks in a 6-2 loss -- Gardenhire decided to give him protection, putting switch-hitting Ryan Doumit behind him. "He didn't get anything (to hit) yesterday, so ..." Gardenhire said. Plouffe, 26, went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two walks to raise his batting average to .243 -- and .395 since June 6. He became the 29th player in Twins history to homer in four consecutive games o...
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