Yovani Gallardo hung a curveball to Jim Thome in the bottom of the first inning, and the rest, as they say, is history:
Jim Thome homers (5) on a fly ball to left center field. Joe Mauer scores. Michael Cuddyer scores. Ah, things are getting back to normal here in the Twinned Cities.
I was hoping Thome would hit number 600 sometime before the All-Star break, and I guess it could still happen. He'd have to hit six home runs in nine games, which is a lot considering he only has five in 108 plate appearances, but if anyone could do it, Thome could. He is still a very dangerous hitter when healthy, with a .213 ISO, 127 wRC+ (or, if you prefer, 123 OPS+) and .357 wOBA. I don't know whether the Twins consider themselves buyers or sellers, but with so many teams looking to add power, I'm not optimistic about seeing him in a Twins uniform past the trade deadline.