Twins rookie Hicks hears from his admirers

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 12:16 AM

His TV isn’t working, Aaron Hicks said Tuesday. So he didn’t see his face, his bat, his spectacular catch, all over “SportsCenter,” over and over

 

His TV isn’t working, Aaron Hicks said Tuesday. So he didn’t see his face, his bat, his spectacular catch, all over “SportsCenter,” over and over, after Monday’s game.

But plenty of other people did.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people,” the Twins rookie center fielder said a day after he hit two home runs and took one away from Adam Dunn with a leaping catch. “I had 87 text messages and 15 voice mails.”

And a few stray tweets aimed at him, too. Torii Hunter, who held Hicks’ job for nearly a decade, tweeted to his young successor, “that was a great day u had yesterday. That catch was sweet big dawg. U look like somebody I know … this Guy: @toriihunter48.”

Hicks noticed the similarity, too. He was shown video in the clubhouse of Hunter robbing home runs in the Metrodome, plus one more famous Twins catch.

Kirby [Puckett], Game 6,” he said. He has seen that 1991 World Series highlight before, though only on video. “I was 2,” he pointed out. After robbing the Braves’ Ron Gant, Puckett “then hit a home run,” Hicks said. The similarity, in action if not quite the same stage, “is definitely pretty cool.”

The big question for the Twins is, does one fabulous day trigger more like it? Or at least, turn Hicks into a more dangerous hitter?

He thinks so. In fact, his start with the Twins reminds him of similar rough Aprils he spent at Class A Beloit and at Class AA New Britain.

“I definitely feel better now. Feel more confident,” the 23-year-old Hicks said. “This game is all about having confidence when you’re up there, believing in your ability.”

Robbing a home run is even more fun than hitting one, Hicks confessed, and both in the same game is about as good as it gets. Dunn’s blast landed in almost the identical spot as Hicks’ first homer; could the rookie have caught his own home run?

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I probably would have been playing a lot more shallow against me.”

Etc.

• The April 17 snow-out against the Angels has been rescheduled for Sept. 9 at 6:10 p.m., the Twins announced Tuesday after several weeks of discussions with the Angels, the players association and Major League Baseball. It eliminates what was the Twins’ final off day of the season, and means they will play 24 consecutive days to end the season, but it was the best fit for everyone. The Twins will be in the middle of a homestand, and the Angels are on their way to Toronto.

• Cole De Vries makes his third rehab start Wednesday for Rochester, and he will be allowed to throw 90 pitches. De Vries is healthy again after starting the season with a strained forearm, General Manager Terry Ryan said; now the Twins are just making sure his pitches are ready to face major leaguers.

• Reliever Tim Wood will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam in Rochester on Wednesday to determine whether there is a problem that is causing soreness in his pitching shoulder.

• Outfielder Darin Mastroianni underwent new tests to make sure the stress reaction in his left ankle is completely healed, so he is not ready yet to start working out.

• Ryan said the new Vikings stadium will have a baseball configuration, but the Twins never will play there. “We would never get that OK’d by Major League Baseball,” he said, because the dimensions, particularly the short right field fence, are not up to MLB standards.

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