Twins 5, Pirates 4

BIG JIMMER MASHES FIRST TATER FOR TWINS.

We all knew it would come eventually.  It's nice to get it out of the way.  His solo jack in the bottom of the fourth put the Twins up 2-1, but it was a seventh-inning blast by Brendan Harris that set the Twins on the path to a few late-inning runs and a comeback victory.

Carl Pavano went five innings, striking out two and walking none.  In fact, it was a perfect five innings for him...with the exception of Jason Jaramillo's third-inning home run.  Pavano was in control throughout, recording nine of his fifteen outs on the ground.

Trevor Plouffe and Luke Hughes doubled to complete the extra-base extravaganza for the Twins, but the highlight of the night was one Anthony Slama.  Slama came in for the top of the ninth with the game tied at four, and proceeded to mow down the side.

There's supposed to be one more pitcher who will be optioned to triple-A today, so stay tuned for that.  Who else deserves to be left off the roster at this date?  How do you feel about Matt Tolbert?

Ups
Jim Thome  (2-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 R)
Trevor Plouffe  (1-for-1)
Michael Cuddyer  (2-for-2)
Juan Portes  (1-for-2)
Brendan Harris  (1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, R)
Luke Hughes  (1-for-1, 2B, RBI)
Carl Pavano  (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K)
Anthony Slama  (1 IP, 3 K, 1 BB)

Downs
Ben Revere  (0-for-4, 2 K)
Danny Valencia  (0-for-2, K)
Jacque Jones  (0-for-3, K)
Matt Tolbert  (0-for-3)
Clay Condrey  (1 IP, 2 HR, 3 R)

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