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Eli Tintor, ex-Twin, wields bat against burglar

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Eli Tintor, minor league vagabond and ex-Twin, improved his .257 career batting average on Sunday morning, getting two hits in two at-bats after a burglar broke into his Duluth home.

Tintor and a friend were watching a movie at about 3:30 a.m. when Stephan Leland ripped the screen from a living room window. Tintor grabbed a wooden Louisville Slugger and made his way to the front door, his buddy following behind.

Leland fled upon seeing the duo. Tintor, bat in hand, yelled at the fleeing Leland, according to police reports. Leland turned and charged Tintor, who swung the bat and struck Leland in the upper body.

The two then fought on the floor. 

During the scuffle, Tintor accidentally hit his friend in the head. Leland managed to wrestle the bat from Tintor and swung at his head. Tintor raised his right arm to block the swing, causing it to hit his right wrist. Leland then fled, this time for good, bat still in hand.

Police arrested him later that day. Leland is charged with first-degree attempted burglary and second-degree assault. 

Credit Tintor with one run batted out.