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KANSAS CITY -- Kurt Suzuki loves to strap on the catching gear and work behind the plate. But on those days when the Twins don't ask Suzuki to endure the wear and tear of catching, it's a nice luxury for Minnesota to know he can still help the club as a designated hitter.

On Saturday, Suzuki appeared as a designated hitter for the first time since May 15, 2011, when he was with Oakland. The results were encouraging as Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in.

For a guy who's used to being in the middle of the action, Suzuki adjusted to the idle time and responded with some quality at-bats.

If the Twins want him to DH on what might be a normal rest day for Suzuki, it's just another way for him to help his new club.

"I like to be active," Suzuki said. "But if I'm in the lineup [as a DH] ... Hey, love it."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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