MINNEAPOLIS -- Saturday was a momentous occasion for Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe. He made his return from the disabled list and played his first game with Minnesota since May 21.
It also happened to be Plouffe's 27th birthday, and he celebrated in a big way.
Plouffe went 3-for-3 with a homer and drove in a pair of runs as he helped Minnesota earn a 6-3 win over the visiting Tigers on his birthday. After Saturday's performance, Plouffe is now 5-for-9 with three homers, three RBI and four runs scored on his birthday as a major leaguer.
"It's just good to be back," Plouffe said. "I've been itching to come back and be back with the boys, especially this series against the Tigers. It's a big series for us whenever we play them."
Plouffe missed time while on the 7-day concussion disabled list in mid-May. On the same day he was activated from that, he landed on the 15-day DL when he tweaked his calf during pregame warmups. That meant he had to make a rehab assignment at Triple-A...