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Thome made it 6-1 in the eighth with a drive to right-center against Brian Stokes. The homer put him eight behind former Twins great Harmon Killebrew for 10th place all-time. The three runs off Stokes were the first allowed by Angels relievers this season after 11 scoreless innings.
Hideki Matsui started in left field for the Angels after three games in the DH role, his first appearance in the outfield since June 15, 2008 with the Yankees in an interleague game at Houston. Last year's World Series MVP was 1 for 4 and did not get an opportunity to make a putout.
NOTES: Friday is the one-year anniversary of the early morning car crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and his friends Henry Pearson and Courtney Stewart, and seriously injured former Cal State Fullerton catcher and infielder Jon Wilhite. ... Twins C Drew Butera is expected to make his big league debut Friday night at Chicago when teammate Francisco Liriano takes the mound against White Sox lefty John Danks. Butera's father, Sal, spent part of his nine-year big league career with the Twins, the first three seasons and his next-to-last one.
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