Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he might bat Brian Dozier or Kurt Suzuki leadoff if one of his center fielders doesn't seize the opportunity.
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A lot of people around the internet are mocking Gardenhire already for mentioning Suzuki (he of the .232/.290/.337 slash line in 2013) as a leadoff candidate. The veteran manager is advised to tread carefully; wonky lineup decisions have been tolerated up north in the past, but he's in the middle of a Boundary Waters' lake during the thaw right now. Not only is the ice thin, but you can hear the tremors from shore.
J.J. Hardy said his agent hasn't discussed a contract extension with Baltimore in 17 days.
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It's not like he's paying close attention or anything. Hardy is set to hit free agency after this season, but the O's would like to lock him up long-term. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he seized Silver Slugger and Gold Glove honors. It won't be cheap to procure his Herbie Hancock.