Atlanta Braves defeat Minnesota Twins, 7-3

After Sunday's 7-3 loss to Atlanta, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire focused less on his lineup holes and more on the hole dug by starting pitcher Kevin Slowey.

The Braves scored four first-inning runs and made it 5-0 by the second inning.

"You get behind like that, it makes it really tough," Gardenhire said. "[Slowey] battled through a couple innings, but he pretty much got hammered."

After going 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his previous three starts, Slowey gave up six ru...

When Trevor Plouffe made his major league debut May 21, he batted eighth in what was otherwise the Twins' Opening Day lineup.

That was a memorable night against Milwaukee. The Twins scored seven first-inning runs, and as the No. 8 hitter, Plouffe had two hits in his first three at-bats. He looked like another capable replacement part for a well-oiled machine.

On Sunday, the circumstances were much different as Plouffe played his sixth career game, a 7-3 loss to Atlan...