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Plouffe goes 1-for-2 in spring debut


DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Third baseman Trevor Plouffe made his Grapefruit League debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday after missing the first three games of spring with a sore right calf.

Plouffe didn't show any signs of rust, as he went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Minnesota's 8-4 win over Toronto at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

"It felt good," Plouffe said. "You just want to have quality at-bats no matter what goes on. But, obviously, it felt good to get an RBI and help the team get a win like that. So, I feel 100 percent."

He also played four innings at third base before coming out for Mark Sobolewski in the bottom of the fifth inning. But Plouffe didn't get a chance to test out his calf, as no one hit the ball to third during his four innings in the field.

Plouffe, though, said his calf feels just fine after giving it a few extra days of rest.

"I feel good," Plouffe said. "Everything was full-go, just like we expected. Two extra days isn't such a big deal anymore to me now that I'm back. I'm happy we waited."

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