Mired in slump, is Plouffe's job on the line?

Trevor Plouffe hasn't hit a home run since coming off the disabled list after hurting his thumb in July. While the Twins say he has all the tools to bounce back, the Star Tribune reports GM Terry Ryan wants Plouffe to "step up."
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