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DECLINING PRODUCTION

A sampling of DH stats for American League teams over the past 15 seasons:

2011: 284 HR, 1,208 RBI, .266 average/.341 on-base percentage/.430 slugging percentage

2010: 308 HR, 1,161 RBI, .252/.332/.426

2006: 392 HR, 1,318 RBI, .264/.350/.469

2000: 352 HR, 1,339 RBI, .276/.361/.463

1996: 366 HR, 1,473 RBI, .277/.365/.466

OUT OF WORK

The decision of many clubs to rotate at DH has left these free agents out of work:

Hideki Matsui: .251, 12 HR, 72 RBI with Athletics in 2011

Vladimir Guerrero: .290, 13 HR, 63 RBI with Orioles in 2011

Johnny Damon: .261. 16 HR, 73 RBI with Rays in 2011

Magglio Ordonez: .255, 5 HR, 32 RBI with Tigers in 2011

TWINS AND THE DH

• Tony Oliva, hobbled by bad knees, was the team's first DH -- and still one of its best.

• Oliva and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, nearing the end of their careers, shared the job in 1974.

• Hall of Famer Paul Molitor was the primary DH the final three seasons of his career (1996-98).

• Randy Bush and late-season addition Don Baylor split the DH job during the 1987 postseason when the Twins won the World Series.