"I want to see Vargas play some first base," Gardenhire said. "So it'll give Joe some DH days. He's a little beat up from a couple plays in Kansas City and I don't want to mess around with it. So this is the easiest thing to do. Plus, it gives me a chance to look at Vargas."
Vargas has made a big impression offensively in his first month, as he's just one of three Major Leaguers in history to have at least 34 hits and 24 RBIs in a debut month. He joins Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, who had 48 hits and 28 RBIs in May,1936, and Albert Pujols, who had 34 hits and 27 RBIs in April, 2001.
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