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Vargas making smooth transition from Double-A

Gardenhire impressed with young slugger, who's learning from Mauer

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Making the jump straight from Double-A to the Majors is never easy.

But the Twins like the way Kennys Vargas has handled himself since being called up from Double-A New Britain on July 31. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound slugger has been seeing time mostly at designated hitter and has developed into a run producer in his short time in the big leagues.

Vargas picked up three hits and three RBIs on Sunday, and became the first Twins rookie to have at least five multi-RBI games through his first 15 games.

"We love watching him come up to the plate," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's a strong kid. He's put together some good at-bats with runners in scoring position. He's even shooting the ball the other way. Whatever it takes. So it's a learning process every day for him, but fortunately for us, he's a big strong kid who doesn't let it get to him."

Vargas has had some issues with strikeouts, but the switch-hitter is working on his plate discipline. He said the return of Joe Mauer has been a big help, as he's been learning from the six-time All-Star.

"They ask me to be more patient at the plate," Vargas said. "I see what they throw to Mauer and that's helped me a lot."

Vargas said the key is to have a plan at the plate, and so far it's working out for the 24-year-old rookie.

"I try just to do the same approach -- look for my pitch," Vargas said. "When I see the pitch that I'm looking for, I try to make contact."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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