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Associated Press, Published August 29 2012

Deduno, Plouffe power Twins past Seattle

MINNEAPOLIS – With commissioner Bud Selig and several Twins greats in town to celebrate the 2014 All-Star game coming to Target Field, it was Samuel Deduno who stole the show.

Deduno dominated for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe homered and had four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 10-0 on Wednesday night.

The normally wild Deduno (5-2) struck out a career-high nine with no walks to help the Twins snap a seven-game losing streak against Seattle and win for just the fourth time in their last 20 games overall.

“Today I came out aggressive with all my pitches,” Deduno said. “Fastball, changeup, curveball. Everything was working today.”

After Trayvon Robinson singled with one out in the first inning, Deduno retired the next 18 hitters, all but one on groundballs or strikeouts.

Kyle Seager singled up the middle to break the streak in the seventh, but Deduno got John Jaso to ground out and fanned Justin Smoak on a curveball in the dirt to end the inning.

“Their guy was really good today,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “He had an incredible breaking ball and he had a feel for it.”

Plouffe gave the Twins a 5-0 lead in the fourth with his 20th home run and first since returning Aug. 13 after missing 21 games with a sore thumb.

Josh Willingham hit a 432-foot shot into the second deck in left field an inning later, his 32nd of the season.

The offensive outburst had manager Ron Gardenhire in a jovial mood. He gave credit for all the hits to Twins legends Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva – in the stadium for the All-Star game announcement – standing next to Minnesota’s bats before the game.

“I saw the bats shaking before the game. Then we started getting hits,” Gardenhire said. “So all we have to do is have a Hall-of-Famer stand next to our bat rack before every game now and we’ll be locked in.”

Before Wednesday’s longballs, the Twins had just one home run in their last 11 games.

After Jason Vargas (13-9) walked the first two hitters to start the third, Joe Mauer notched the first of his three hits and made it 2-0.

It didn’t get any better for Vargas as Justin Morneau drove in a run later in the fourth before Plouffe and Willingham went deep.

Vargas failed to finish five innings for his second straight start. He allowed six runs on eight hits over 4Xc innings, making him 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA in his last two outings.

“I didn’t feel like I was struggling to make pitches,” Vargas said. “Obviously they had some things go their way and were able to capitalize on them, but I didn’t feel like I was struggling to make pitches. It’s just too bad it went their way instead of ours.”

Seattle Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Ackley 2b 4 0 0 0 Revere cf 5 0 0 0

TRonsn lf 4 0 1 0 JCarrll 2b 5 2 2 0

Seager 3b 3 0 1 0 Mauer dh 5 1 3 2

Jaso dh 3 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 3 1 2 2

Smoak 1b 3 0 0 0 Mstrnn lf 1 0 1 0

Thams rf 3 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 4 1 2 2

Olivo c 3 0 0 0 Doumit c 5 0 2 0

Figgins cf 3 0 0 0 Parmel rf 5 2 1 0

Kawsk ss 3 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 2 2 4

Flormn ss 2 1 1 0

Totals 29 0 2 0 Totals 39 10 16 10

Seattle 000 000 000— 0

Minnesota 003 210 31x— 10

E—Smoak (3). LOB—Seattle 2, Minnesota 10. 2B—Plouffe (13), Florimon (3). 3B—Mauer (2). HR—Willingham (32), Plouffe (20). SB—T.Robinson (6). SF—Willingham, Morneau.

IP H R ER BB SO

Seattle

Vargas L,13-9 4Xc 8 6 5 2 5

C.Capps 2 4 3 3 0 1

Luetge 1Zc 4 1 1 1 1

Minnesota

Deduno W,5-2 7 2 0 0 0 9

T.Robertson 1 0 0 0 0 0

Swarzak 1 0 0 0 0 1

T—2:49. A—29,281 (39,500).