MINNEAPOLIS In yet another game of one-upmanship, Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had the upper hand on teammate Josh Willingham.
The duo entered Sunday's 10-8 win over the Royals tied for the team lead with 16 home runs each. Plouffe regained the lead in the second inning, only for Willingham to tie it up again with a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
Not to be outdone, Plouffe hit another solo shot two batters later, this time putting the Twins up 6-5 and capping a five-run sixth inning.
Sunday marked the sixth time this season that Plouffe and Willingham have homered on the same day. That includes Saturday, when Plouffe hit one in the first game of Minnesota's double-header against Kansas City and Willingham hit one in the second.
"It's been kind of ironic that we have hit several home runs on the same day," Willingham said. "Hopefully it continues."
While it appears as if Willingham and Plouffe fuel each other when one or the other homers, Plouffe called the...