Fighting for 5: Plouffe looks to extend HR streak

A day after celebrating his 26th birthday with his first career two-homer game, Trevor Plouffe has a chance to become the first Minnesota Twin in 17 years to hit the ball out of the park in five straight contests. The Twins and Brewers play the second of a three-game series at Target Field at 1:10 p.m. Saturday.
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A day after celebrating his 26th birthday with his first career two-homer game, Trevor Plouffe has a chance to become the first Minnesota Twin in 17 years to hit the ball out of the park in five straight contests. The Twins and Brewers play the second of a three-game series at Target Field at 1:10 p.m. Saturday.

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