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Continued: MLB Insider: On a collision course with Rule 7.13

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2010 .285 Delmon Young .355

2009 .278 Joe Mauer .367

2008 .305 Joe Mauer .362

2007 .275 Torii Hunter .341

2006 .296 Joe Mauer .360

2005 .271 Joe Mauer .331

2004 .277 Shannon Stewart .359

2003 .268 A.J. Pierzynski .324

2002 .269 Jacque Jones .352

The problem is exacerbated with two outs; the Twins are hitting just .215 with runners in scoring position and two outs, after batting .216 last year.

Central Intelligence

As August turns to September, the pressure on AL Central teams grows. Here’s how each team dealt with the atmosphere last week:

Indians: As they try to catch the front-runners, Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has challenged each of his teammates to grow a “Rally Mustache” during September.

“If somebody wears one that probably shouldn’t have a mustache, it really helps,” Chisenhall said. Jason Kipnis, for instance, “has the whole, like, ‘I drive a Harley’ look going on.”

Royals: Manager Ned Yost didn’t mean to pick a fight. He just wanted more fans to enjoy a rare winner in Kansas City.

But his comments after only 13,847 attended KC’s walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday, that “I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t,” whipped up a controversy. “I wasn’t criticizing the fans,” Yost said the next day. “I want them to enjoy this as much as we’re enjoying it.”

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