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Revere soon to qualify among batting leaders

Revere soon to qualify among batting leaders

Revere soon to qualify among batting leaders
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right fielder Ben Revere is set to become eligible for the batting title on Sunday, as he'll finally have enough plate appearances to qualify.

Revere spent a month at Triple-A Rochester, so he entered Sunday's game with 350 plate appearances, which left him just one plate appearance short of qualifying. Players must have 3.1 plate appearances per team game scheduled to be eligible.

If Revere were eligible for the batting title, he'd rank fourth in the American League with a .319 average, which would put him just ahead of Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who entered Sunday hitting .317.

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Revere's play has impressed manager Ron Gardenhire, who is happy that Revere will finally qualify for the batting title.

"It's been a pleasure," Gardenhire said. "He's a tough kid. I know he walks around this place with a smile on his face all the time, and we love that part of it, but he's pretty tough. He doesn't back away from people. He got knocked down the other day and he stepped right back in there, and I like that. He attacks them. He's been a good player for us this year, and we thought he would."

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