Jim Thome homered twice for Minnesota, moving
past Mark McGwire for ninth place on baseball's all-time list and
powering the Twins over the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Saturday.
Thome went deep for the 583rd time in his career leading off the
third inning, a shot to the second deck above right field estimated
at 449 feet. Then with two on and two outs in the fourth, Thome's
full-count drive into the bullpen behind left-center made it 9-0
and gave him No. 584.
After six straight one-run games, the Twins let loose against
slumping starter Colby Lewis (9-12) and the AL West-leading
Rangers. Minnesota gave Carl Pavano (16-10) plenty of support and
kept its AL Central lead over Chicago at four games for the moment.