MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The only way Aaron Hicks can top these highlight-show catches in center field for Minnesota is to follow them by hitting a home run.
That’s precisely what he’s done, three times already this season. Despite the .156 batting average, this rookie has shown plenty of flash and potential.
Hicks homered again and made another run-saving grab, helping Samuel Deduno and the Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday.
“He’s confident right now. You can see it, a different attitude,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s still not a perfect world for him yet, but we’re having fun watching him play baseball.”
Deduno (1-1) pitched into the eighth inning, the longest start for a Twins pitcher in more than a month, and gave up four hits and one run. He beat Marco Estrada (4-3), who was done in by a three-run first that sent the Brewers to their fifth straight loss. They’re 5-21 in May.
The night before in Milwaukee, Hicks had a home run and a double that set up the go-ahead run in the 14th inning. The rookie center fielder also made a jumping catch at the warning track to take a homer from Carlos Gomez earlier in that game, prompting a respectful tip of the helmet by Gomez.
“It’s always fun catching or robbing a home run of another center fielder,” Hicks said with a smile, “because they know what it’s like.”
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