Plouffe Homers, Has 3 RBIs as Twins Beat Marlins 7-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and drove in the winning run with a double off the right-field wall to help the Minnesota Twins keep up their power binge in a 7-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Joe Mauer and Byung Ho Park added solo home runs for Minnesota, which tied a season high with four homers in the opening game of the series on Tuesday against Minnesota.
Taylor Rogers (2-0) pitched one inning, and six relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Kintzler earned his first career save in place of struggling closer Kevin Jepsen.
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits for Miami to come within 29 of 3,000 for his major league career.
Nick Wittgren (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Coverage of game three tonight begins with the pre-game show at 6:30 on 1340 KROC AM.
Twins' Gardenhire says he would "love to manage again"
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ron Gardenhire says he would "love to manage again" but that he's not actively pursuing managerial jobs.
The former Twins manager was hired as a special assistant to Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan in April and said Wednesday he's enjoying the role, which has him instructing and evaluating in the minor leagues.
However, Gardenhire says "if a team decides to make a move and they want to talk to me, I'd be glad to talk to them because I'd love to manage again."
Gardenhire led Minnesota to six postseason appearances in 13 seasons and had a .507 winning percentage. He was replaced by Paul Molitor prior to the 2015 season.