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Revere returns to Minnesota for first time since trade

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Revere is back at Target Field for the first time since the Twins traded him in December.

Maybe he can recapture some good vibes.

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"Back again," Revere said Tuesday before going 1-for-4 in a 3-2 loss. "It's good, though. It's going to be a fun series. Good to see everybody again. Back in old Minnesota. I had great years here. I just appreciate everyone, from the coaches, the fans, the players, I appreciate all that everyone has done for me. Wonderful stadium."

Revere entered Tuesday's game hitting .244 with four doubles, one triple, six RBIs, a .288 on-base percentage and .275 slugging percentage with the Phillies, who sent right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May to Minnesota to acquire him. And while he has made some spectacular catches in center field, he also has experienced some growing pains playing the position for the first time on an everyday basis in the big leagues.

"It's been good," Revere said. "It's just, going to another league, coming to a new ball club, kind of the little adjustment and everything. Now it's just being an everyday guy, really for the Philadelphia Phillies. It's really good with a big market club and everything."

Asked if coming back to Minnesota rekindled memories of the December trade, he said, "Sometimes. I played them in Spring Training a little bit. I know [Denard Span] kind of felt the same thing. With me and how the situation happened, they trade Denard first and everyone thought I'd be the center fielder, then they traded me. Some people had some confusion. I just tell everybody it's a business. They just needed some guys. I'm not mad at them. They gave me a chance to be a Major League player. I just thank them every day for that."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Revere doesn't cause his old team problems this week. The Phillies would welcome that.

"I liked Benny," Gardenhire said. "He was a nice kid, he comes to play and was fun in this clubhouse. You miss him an awful lot. He's got a big heart and he plays that way every inning, every out -- and that's what you like about the kid."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for

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