Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit his 23rd home run of the season Thursday against Cleveland but it took him a while to realize it.
Plouffe tagged Indians starter Corey Kluber for a deep shot to center field on a 3-0 pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Indians center fielder Michael Brantley retreated toward the warning track as if he had the fly ball sized up. Brantley turned his back to the ball and slowed up his jog.
Plouffe thought Brantley caught the ball. He didn't. Brantley lost the ball in the sun and it landed over the fence in straightaway center, just to Brantley's left, for a home run. But Plouffe started walking back toward the Twins' dugout, thinking he had made the final out of the sixth inning.
After being told the ball went over the fence, Plouffe looked back in surprise and slowly took a few steps toward second base before resuming his home run trot.
"I thought we were waiting to see if (first base umpire) Joe West was going ...