MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Batting fourth for Minnesota because of a teammate’s illness, Ryan Doumit embraced the cleanup spot.
He drove the ball all afternoon, no hit more powerful than the one that ended the game in celebration.
Doumit’s two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
“He scuffled a little bit early, trying to find his swing, getting a better feel for it, and I think you’re seeing the guy we had last year who drove in a lot of runs and did a lot of good for us,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who put Doumit fourth for Justin Morneau, who was out with flu-like symptoms.
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