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Twins Look to Salvage Series Against Atlanta

They say that Troy Glaus is slowing down a bit in his old age.  Apparently, "they" forgot to tell Mr. Glaus this.

The 33-year old first baseman smacked four hits on Sunday, including two solo home runs as the Braves took the deciding game of their weekend series with Minnesota by a score of 7-3.

The hit parade got started early against Twins' starter Kevin Slowey, as the Braves sent eight men to the plate in the top of the first.  After getting the lead-off man to fly out, Slowey allowed two singles, two doubles, and a walk to the next five hitters, and even managed to mix in a wild pitch.  By the time it was all said and done, the Braves had a 4-0 lead, and the Twins had a huge hole to dig out of.

It didn't get any better for Slowey in the second, as he gave up a solo home run to Martin Prado to make the score 5-0.  After giving up the first of Glaus' two home runs in the top of the fifth, Slowey was yanked in favor of Ron Mahay.  It marked the ninth time in his thirteen starts that Slowey has failed to pitch past the fifth inning.

Braves starter Kris Medlen, on the other hand, cruised for the majority of his afternoon.  He only allowed one hit in the first six innings of baseball, a one-out double to Jason Kubel in the fifth inning.  He did hit a brief hiccup in the seventh, as he allowed a three-run homer to Delmon Young, but things were pretty much academic at that point.  The Twins wouldn't score again, and the Braves would walk out of Target Field with a series victory.

The Twins will take the day off on Monday, and then interleague play will continue as Minnesota welcomes the Colorado Rockies to Target Field.  For the latest Twins news and notes, be sure to check out Twinkie Town.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.