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5 Minnesota Twins Who Belong on the 2014 AL All-Star Team

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5 Minnesota Twins Who Belong on the 2014 All-Star Team
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The 2014 Minnesota Twins continue to surprise fans as they are 32-36 through the first third of the season and just five games back of the Detroit Tigers. An improved pitching staff and some unsuspecting offensive stars have helped the franchise compete years before anticipated, and as a result there are five Twins players who deserve to play in the 2014 All-Star Game, which coincidentally will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

5. Kurt Suzuki

Kurt Suzuki
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5. Kurt Suzuki

Kurt Suzuki
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Little was thought of the Kurt Suzuki signing this offseason, but the former Oakland Athletic is hitting a career-high .304 this year and has supplanted himself as the Twins' everyday catcher, replacing the now struggling first baseman Joe Mauer. Suzuki is showing up Mauer at the plate this year and should get the nod to start at catcher for the AL All-Star squad.

4. Glen Perkins

Glen Perkins
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4. Glen Perkins

Glen Perkins
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Although the Twins' pitching staff is drastically improved from last year, they only have one pitcher who should be an easy selection for this year's All-Star team. Glen Perkins started the year a bit shaky, but he's now 17-for-19 in save opportunities and has allowed just one earned run in his last 10 outings, six of which have resulted is saves.

3. Eduardo Escobar

Eduardo Escobar
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3. Eduardo Escobar

Eduardo Escobar
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Eduardo Escobar has been a pleasant surprise for the Twins this year as the longtime minor leaguer is finally seeing success at the major league level to the tune of a .308 batting average and 21 doubles. Escobar has been the everyday shortstop for the Twins most of the year, and his gap hitting has made him an invaluable part in their success.

2. Danny Santana

Danny Santana
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2. Danny Santana

Danny Santana
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A second Twins shortstop makes this list as Danny Santana is hitting .340 this year since getting called up from AAA-Rochester. Santana is hitting the best he ever has at any level right now, and although the sample size is relatively small at just 103 at bats, the 23-year-old has been on a tear as of late which has led to Ron Gardenhire playing him in center field and at designated hitter to simply get his bat in the lineup.

1. Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier
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1. Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier
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Brian Dozier has been the talk of Twins fans this year as the second baseman already has 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases through a third of the year, making a 30-30 season well within reach. Dozier would be the first 30-30 guy the majors has seen since Mike Trout and Ryan Braun in 2012, making him a no-brainer for the 2014 All-Star team.
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