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Watching players grow (Trevor Plouffe edition)

For all of the worst-case situations and scenarios that Twins fans have dealt with in recent seasons, Trevor Plouffe may be creating options based on positives.
Twinkie Town May 3, 2015

Twins pound White Sox 13-3

SWEEP! Remember when Trevor Plouffe's offense was dubious at best and his defense was suspect at best? That's not so much the case anymore. Plouffe not only led the charge against Chicago this afternoon with a big grand slam in a seven-run third inning, but he showed some defensive chops as well. The game started innocuously enough, but in the bottom of the third all hell broke loose. Well, if you're a White Sox fan. If you're a Twins fan, it was glorious. Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter were both on with singles by the time John Danks had thrown two pitches. Eight pitches later, Plouffe's...
Twins 13, White Sox 3: Trevor Plouffe's first grand slam starts rout

Twins 13, White Sox 3: Trevor Plouffe's first grand slam starts rout

On a Sunday afternoon when the Chicago White Sox seemed to pile out of the same clown car, virtually everything went right for the Twins.

Plouffe: Willingham wanted me to hit HR

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe says former Twin Josh Willingham, visiting Target Field this weekend, asked him to hit a homer Saturday, and he delivered.

Plouffe couldn't find popup in sun

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe describes his three-run homer Wednesday, and the popup he lost in the sun.

Postgame: Tonkin headed to join Twins after injury-filled game

Molitor defends Arcia's effort on defense; Plouffe says home run was an accident
Twinkie Town Apr 27, 2015

Gamethread: Tigers @ Twins

Torii is back in the lineup and Nunez is still the DH against David Price and the Tigers Bless You Boys Kinsler 2B, Iglesias SS, Cabrera 1B, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez, Cespedes LF, Avila C, Perez 3B, Gose CF, Price SP Minnesota Twins Dozier 2B, Hunter RF, Mauer 1B, Plouffe 3B, Nunez DH, Suzuki C, Robinson LF, Schafer CF, Santana SS, Milone SP
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 18, 2015

Late Friday/Twins 3, Indians 2 (11 innings): Trevor Plouffe hits game-winning homer off Bryan Shaw

MINNEAPOLIS: Corey Kluber and the Indians are searching for that magic that worked so well last season.Kluber took a perfect game into the sixth inning before becoming erratic, and Trevor Plouffe led off the 11th with a soaring home run to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Indians on Friday night.Kluber was untouchable at the start, but he threw two wild pitches and the Indians came unglued in the sixth. He gave up two runs and three hits in eight innings, and the Indians fell to 0-3 this season in games started by the AL Cy Young Award winner.“Anytime you don’t come away...

Hughes makes third attempt at first win of season

Twins' righthander Phil Hughes faces Indians' Danny Salazar in afternoon game today. Trevor Plouffe gets the day off after Friday night's game-winning home run.

Hughes makes third attempt at first win of season

Twins' righthander faces Indians' Salazar in afternoon game; Plouffe gets day off after game-winning home run
Columbus Dispatch Apr 18, 2015

Twins 3, Indians 2: Slumping Trevor Plouffe belts homer off Bryan Shaw in 11th

MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Plouffe led off the 11th inning with a soaring home run to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians last night. Plouffe connected against Bryan Shaw (0-1), sending a drive into the second deck in left field. Chris Herrmann had two hits, an RBI and some slick base running to help the Twins win their third straight.

Plouffe: 'Frustration came out' on HR

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe says "a lot of frustration came out" on his game-winning home run swing Friday.

Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe makes first start since 2012 at first base

CHICAGO -- Before Sunday, it had been nearly three full calendar years since Trevor Plouffe started at first base. That was June 6, 2012 at Kansas City, where the versatile ex-shortstop handled 10 chances without an issue. In seven games at first, covering a total of 17 1/3 innings, Plouffe had yet to make an error. “Trevor’s a little bit of a transition,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of his decision to put Joe Mauer at designated hitter and give Eduardo Escobar his first start of the year at third. “He doesn’t have a ton of work at first base. […] The post Twinsights: Trevor...

Twinsights: Which U.S. President will Trevor Plouffe's son be named after?

DETROIT --Trevor Plouffe still has 3 1/2 months to prepare for fatherhood, but he and wife Olivia have already decided on a name for their first child. Due July 25, at the start of a nine-game homestand, the boy will be named Theodore Winston James Plouffe. “I just like presidential names,” the Twins third baseman said. Hence, the boy will be called Teddy after Teddy Roosevelt. “He was like the epitome of a man,” Plouffe said. “And he’s on Mount Rushmore. Olivia always wants to go to Mount Rushmore for some reason. We haven’t been there yet.” Perhaps, in a […] The post...

Twinsights: Memorable debut for Twins rookie J.R. Graham (with video)

DETROIT --It was a pretty memorable big-league debut for Twins right-hander J.R. Graham, grabbed via the Rule 5 draft from the Atlanta Braves in December. Admittedly nervous as he sent Jose Iglesias sprawling with a first-pitch fastball near his head, Graham gave up an infield hit and a walk to the first two batters he faced in the seventh. He then received a mound visit from catcher Kurt Suzuki and the rest of the infield. "Encouraging words" from third baseman Trevor Plouffe and Suzuki, in particular, helped Graham settle down enough to get Ian Kinsler on a double-play grounder and...

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