Plouffe in old stomping grounds

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 3, 2011 - 9:05 AM

The Twins' Trevor Plouffe was beaned by a pitch from the Angels' Ervin Santana during the third inning Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. - Twins second baseman Trevor Plouffe was back on some familiar turf Tuesday night.

In 2003, Plouffe pitched a three-hit shutout for Crespi Carmelite High School at Angel Stadium, in the California Interscholastic Federation final against a Harvard/Westlake team that included Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch.

Plouffe hadn't played a professional game in Southern California before Tuesday, and he said 30 or 40 friends and family members would be there to watch.

Manager Ron Gardenhire knew the Angels would challenge his middle infielders with their ability to bunt, steal and hit and run, but he went with Plouffe at second instead of Matt Tolbert. Plouffe went 0-for-3.

"We need some offense, and Plouffey's a hitter," Gardenhire said. "He grew up here; this is his home ... so there's some incentive for him."


• Justin Morneau hit in the indoor batting cages at Target Field the past two days but couldn't work on his defense because of the rain. Gardenhire said the hope is that Morneau can get a full workout Wednesday, so the team can send him out to start playing games.

• Angels manager Mike Scioscia served his one-game suspension stemming from Sunday's game in Detroit. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver was handed a six-game suspension for throwing near the head of Alex Avila in that game, but Weaver is appealing.

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