Kurt Suzuki C MIN 2 Months

Kurt Suzuki's two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday provided all of the offense the Twins would need to edge out the Tigers 2-1.

The veteran backstop has had a resurgence hitting near the top of manager Ron Gardenhire's lineup on Minnesota, hitting .302/.381/.406 with 24 RBI on the young season. He certainly won't continue at this pace, but as long as he's seeing regular playing time, he's a strong option in two-catcher mixed leagues.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 3 Months

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with three RBI as the Twins beat the Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.

Suzuki drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning before delivering a two-run double in the seventh inning to ice the victory. The part-time catcher has been a surprising offensive force when he's played this season, batting .325 with 22 RBI in 77 at-bats. Josmil Pinto is still the starting catcher for the Twins, but Suzuki could continue to garner more playing time with his hot bat.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 3 Months

Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

He'll take a seat after catching the first game. Josmil Pinto will start behind the plate while Joe Mauer serves as the DH. Meanwhile, Chris Colabello will play first base. Jason Kubel will also sit in the nightcap.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 3 Months

Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer and a two-run single Saturday against the Royals.

We all laughed when the Twins threatened to hit Suzuki second this year, but he has a .375 OBP so far. In fact, everyone the Twins had batting second through seventh today ended today with at least a .370 OBP. Suzuki, for what it's worth, has hit second just once and has batted seventh in 11 of his 13 starts. We wouldn't expect him to keep this up, but he's off to a nice start.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

Many scratched their heads when they saw Suzuki in the No. 2 spot for Opening Day -- and rightfully so -- but he did all the damage for the Minnesota offense. That's baseball for you. The 30-year-old might get the majority of the starts behind the plate in the early going, but Josmil Pinto is the future.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Kurt Suzuki is batting second for the Twins in Monday's season-opener against the White Sox.

Suzuki had a .290 on-base percentage last season, so the lineup placement is a little odd. The full Minnesota batting order against White Sox ace Chris Sale: 2B Brian Dozier, C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Joe Mauer, LF Josh Willingham, DH Chris Colabello, 3B Trevor Plouffe, RF Oswaldo Arcia, CF Aaron Hicks, SS Pedro Florimon. Ricky Nolasco is on the mound.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Kurt Suzuki hit second once again Tuesday and went 0-for-3 against the Orioles.

Manager Ron Gardenhire's Suzuki infatuation has turned scary, with Suzuki batting second every time he's played lately. It's not like Suzuki hit well last year or the year before or at any point this spring. But there's now a real threat that Suzuki will start the season in that spot, if only until someone knocks some sense into Gardenhire.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 5 Months

Kurt Suzuki left Wednesday night's game against the Orioles after being hit by a pitch in the right foot.

Suzuki stayed in the game briefly but exited after the half inning. He was replaced by Josmil Pinto. It's probably not too serious -- players enter and exit spring games so freely it's not even clear that Suzuki would have stayed in the game regardless -- and more should be known about his availability after the game.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 6 Months

Twins general manager Terry Ryan in effect named Kurt Suzuki his starting catcher on Friday.

"Not sure who's going to back him up," Ryan said of Suzuki. The GM indicated last month that he expected Suzuki to see the bulk of the starts behind the dish, and he's now provided more clarity. It's bad news for fantasy owners that wanted to see what Josmil Pinto could do with a full season of at-bats, as Pinto will now either be Suzuki's understudy or perhaps see more seasoning at Triple-A. Suzuki's appeal in fantasy leagues in minimal.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 Months

Twins general manager Terry Ryan has indicated that Kurt Suzuki is the favorite to see most of the club's playing time at catcher.

"He's going to be the type of guy who will make up a good combination with the other catchers we've got," Ryan said. "I would say he could get the bulk of the innings, but that will be decided as we go, depending on what (Eric) Fryer and (Josmil) Pinto and (Chris) Herr-mann do. [Suzuki's] makeup, his background, you cannot find anyone who will say anything bad about him." Fantasy owners would like to see Pinto -- who has easily the highest offensive upside of the group -- get the most time, but La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Pinto could start the year at Triple-A if he "has a poor spring training and is deemed not ready."