See the bruise on Trevor Plouffe’s biceps? Badge of honor. The soreness in his ribs? A sign of respect.

The Twins third baseman is getting a little recognition, a sort-of tribute, from opposing pitchers these days. And it hurts a little bit.

“They think of him as a power hitter,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “And they’re pitching him the way most teams do with power hitters — knock him off the plate, then try to get him away with breaking balls.”

The knock-him-off part battered Plouffe a little bit in Baltimore last weekend; he was hit by a pitch in each game, after being plunked only four times all last year. “Oh, he gets irritated by it,” Gardenhire said. “He was mad.”

He was — “I mean, this is my livelihood at risk here,” he said — though he understands what’s happening. It’s a product of hitting 25 home runs last year, virtually all of them inside pitches pulled to left.

“They have a book on me, and until I make an adjustment, it’s going to keep happening,” Plouffe said. “I have to keep adjusting. If I starting hitting balls to center, taking those outside pitches the other way, they’ll eventually come back into my power zone.”

But for the moment, any pitcher who throws inside to Plouffe is going to want to keep it way in, out of the strike zone, to set up the outside pitch.

“A lot of teams take that approach with power hitters, and you could tell Baltimore wanted to pitch him that way,” Gardenhire said. “Same way they pitch to [Josh] Willingham — don’t let him extend his arms.”

There was one more factor that led to Plouffe getting plunked, too. “Those 3 o’clock games have got to go,” Plouffe said. “I might have been able to get out of the way, but I’m trying to track the ball, and it was hard to see. I’m staying in there longer, and it’s hard to react.”