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GOPHER HOLES: The Gophers had plenty of heroes in March en route to a 15-5 record, but let’s give the nod to slick-fielding 3B Scott Rolen as team MVP for the month. Rolen hit .356 with a team-high 7 homers and 14 RBIs. His OBP was .441 and his slugging was .831 … With 5 homers and 14 walks in 26 ABs, DH Jim Thome actually trumped Rolen in average (.385), OBP (.600) and slugging (1.044) in part-time duty … RF Delmon Young collected 11 doubles on the month to grab the league lead … Top pick Buster Posey debuted with a disappointing .220 average … With a league-low 3.43 team ERA, the Gophers’ new-look pitching staff passed its first test. The set-up tandem of Brandon Lyon (14.1 IP) and Rafael Soriano (6.1 IP) combined to toss 20.2 innings without allowing an earned run … And long reliever Justin Masterson logged 19 innings with an impressive 1.89 ERA … Top starter Tim Hudson (4-1, 2.81 ERA) and Mat Latos (3-0, 2.22 ERA) worked 6 or more innings in all nine of their starts … In a 5-0 sweep of Detroit, the Gophers outscored the Dogs 37-9. Utility guy Emilio Bonafacio went 5-for-5 in one game against the Dogs, catapulting him to a .538 month (7-for-13) … The Gophers’ April schedule includes early showdowns against Superior (16-4) and Margaritaville (14-6). The Gophers will make one small roster adjustment for April, replacing lefty Travis Wood (1-2, 7.80 ERA) with righty Rick Porcello as No. 5 starter.