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Thome Homers Off Of Haren For Number 598

If you were in the Central time zone, you may have missed it, but Jim Thome took one step closer to the 600 home run club on Thursday night in Anaheim against the Angels.

The Minnesota Twins got thumped by Anaheim to the tune of 7-1 on Thursday night, but that 1 was accounted for by Thome, as he went deep off of Angels' starter Dan Haren. Leading off the top of the eighth inning, Thome was down in the count at 1-2. After he fouled one off, Thome got one he liked and blistered it over the wall in center field. The blast was measured at 404 feet, and finally got the Twins on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, that's all the team would get in the loss.

Thome now sits just two long ones away from becoming the eighth member of the 600 home run club. We will continue to track his quest as the Twins return to Target Field to take on one of Thome's former teams, the Chicago White Sox.

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