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08:16 AM ET 04.12 | The bruises Trevor Plouffe wears these days are badges of honor. The soreness in his ribs? A sign of respect. [Plouffe] is getting a little recognition, a sort-of tribute, from opposing pitchers these days. And it hurts a little bit. "They think of him as a power hitter," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And they're pitching him the way most teams do with power hitters -- knock him off the plate, then try to get him away with breaking balls." The knock-him-off part battered Plouffe a little bit in Baltimore last weekend; he was hit by a pitch in each game. ... "They have a book on me, and until I make an adjustment, it's going to keep happening," Plouffe said. "I have to keep adjusting. If I starting hitting balls to center, taking those outside pitches the other way, they'll eventually come back into my power zone."

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April 12, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Pitching inside is part of the game and always have been.But now days we have little girls playing the game.So lets start pitching under hand or use a batting tee so we do not upset these little girls.I know someone will say someone could get kill by pitching inside.NEWS ONLY ONE PLAYER WAS KILL BY GETTING HIT BY A PITCH OVER THE 100 + YEARS.

 
April 12, 2013  10:54 AM ET

And until he proves he can go yard or at least hit the low and away pitch after he's been backed off the plate, he'll continue to be pitched at this way. Get used to it kid.

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