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Twins backup Astudillo's cult hero status keeps growing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The most popular player on the Minnesota Twins is the third-string catcher and play-him-almost-anywhere everyman Willians Astudillo, whose all-in, all-out style has endeared him to players and fans alike since he made his major league debut last season.

Astudillo's cult hero status will hit a new high on Friday, when the Twins take on the Orioles. The event is called "An Evening With La Tortuga at Target Field ," with T-shirts bearing Astudillo's nickname - meaning the turtle, in Spanish - distributed to fans who pre-purchased a special ticket package. All 3,000 seats designated for the promotion sold out.

"You know, I'm grateful for it. It's very satisfying to know the fans welcome me here. I just keep playing hard," Astudillo said recently through team interpreter Elvis Martinez. "It makes me proud, the popularity, but it's something that I wasn't expecting. But it's happening, so I welcome it."

AVG: J. Polanco.366
HR: E. Rosario10
RBI: E. Rosario23
SB: B. Buxton5
W: J. Berríos3
ERA: J. Berríos2.97
Saves: B. Parker4
K: J. Berríos33
AL Central
Minnesota 139.591-
Cleveland 1410.583-
Detroit 1212.5002
Chi White Sox 914.3914.5
Kansas City 817.3206.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .267 (4)
Runs: 121 (15)
Hits: 201 (19)
Home Runs: 37 (9)
Stolen Bases: 5 (28)
OBP: .332 (13)
SLG: .493 (2)
Total Bases: 372 (10)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.73 (21)
Runs Allowed: 109 (13)
Saves: 8 (8)
Strikeouts: 178 (29)
OpBA: .256 (20)
OBP: .332 (20)
SLG: .424 (17)
Run Support: 5.61 (4)
Date Player Transactions
4/24 G. Moya Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
4/24 G. Moya Removed From 10-Day IL (Left shoulder tendinitis)
4/24 G. Moya Sent to Minors
4/24 F. Romero Called Up from Minors
4/24 K. Stewart Called Up from Minors
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Date Player Status
3/28 M. Magill Right shoulder tendinitis (on 10-day DL)
3/28 G. Moya off 10-day DL
3/28 A. Reed Sprained left thumb (on 10-day DL)
3/27 M. Sanó Laceration, right heel (on 10-day DL)
3/22 B. Buxton Facial contusion (day-to-day)
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