|Jan. 18 11:30 AM PT12:30 PM MT1:30 PM CT2:30 PM ET14:30 ET19:30 GMT3:30 12:30 PM MST2:30 PM EST3:00 PM VEN23:30 UAE1:30 PM CT-Plouffe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.
Analysis: Plouffe, who ccan also play first base, went on the disabled list for three different injuries last season with Minnesota. He began the year as the Twins' starting third baseman and hit a career-best .260 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 84 games.
|Nov. 18 6:29 PM PT7:29 PM MT8:29 PM CT9:29 PM ET21:29 ET2:29 GMT10:29 7:29 PM MST9:29 PM EST9:59 PM VEN6:29 UAE (+1)8:29 PM CT-The Minnesota Twins have cut Plouffe, the first significant move by new front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
Analysis: Plouffe cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent. The 30-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the Twins back in 2004. After struggling to earn a spot as a shortstop, he turned himself into a reliable third baseman with solid power. Plouffe hit .247 with 96 home runs and 357 RBIs in seven seasons with the Twins.
|Sep. 8 9:33 AM PT10:33 AM MT11:33 AM CT12:33 PM ET12:33 ET16:33 GMT0:33 9:33 AM MST11:33 AM EST12:03 PM VEN20:33 UAE11:33 AM CT-Plouffe was diagnosed with a strain of the intercostal and oblique muscles on his left side, leaving him unlikely to play again this season.
Analysis: With this being his third injury this year to that area including a broken rib, Minnesota is expected to shut him down. Miguel Sano's presence could mean Plouffe may have played his last game for the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004. ''If it happens that that was my last at-bat, it would be pretty sad. I hope it's not,'' said Plouffe, who is making $7.25 million with one more year of eligibility for salary arbitration.
|Sep. 7 9:15 PM PT10:15 PM MT11:15 PM CT12:15 AM ET0:15 ET4:15 GMT12:15 9:15 PM MST11:15 PM EST11:45 PM VEN8:15 UAE11:15 PM CT-Plouffe went 2 for 3 with a homer in Tuesday's 10-3 loss to the Royals before leaving an eighth-inning at-bat with a left oblique strain.
Analysis: Plouffe has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 15 for 49 (.306) with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
|Sep. 2 8:42 AM PT9:42 AM MT10:42 AM CT11:42 AM ET11:42 ET15:42 GMT23:42 8:42 AM MST10:42 AM EST11:12 AM VEN19:42 UAE10:42 AM CT-Plouffe hit a two-run shot Thursday, his 10th home run of the season and third in seven games.
Analysis: Plouffe is batting .318 with 16 RBIs in his last 16 games.
|Aug. 29 8:34 PM PT9:34 PM MT10:34 PM CT11:34 PM ET23:34 ET3:34 GMT11:34 8:34 PM MST10:34 PM EST11:04 PM VEN7:34 UAE (+1)10:34 PM CT-Plouffe has been a bright spot in an ugly stretch for the Twins and had two hits for the third straight game Monday in a 1-0, 10-inning loss at Cleveland.
Analysis: Plouffe is 7 for 16 with two homers and five RBIs in his last four games, pushing his average up to 262 after it was as low as .234 in mid-June.
|Aug. 26 7:53 PM PT8:53 PM MT9:53 PM CT10:53 PM ET22:53 ET2:53 GMT10:53 7:53 PM MST9:53 PM EST10:23 PM VEN6:53 UAE (+1)9:53 PM CT-Plouffe homered and drove in two runs Friday.
Analysis: He's batting .300 with 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
|Aug. 22 9:09 AM PT10:09 AM MT11:09 AM CT12:09 PM ET12:09 ET16:09 GMT0:09 9:09 AM MST11:09 AM EST11:39 AM VEN20:09 UAE11:09 AM CT-Plouffe doubled twice and drove in Minnesota's only run in Sunday's loss to the Royals.
Analysis: Plouffe has been very hit-or-miss since returning from a fractured rib earlier this month. He's had three multihit games, going 8 for 14 with six RBIs. He hasn't driven in a run in any of his other eight games while batting .111.
|Aug. 18 11:52 AM PT12:52 PM MT1:52 PM CT2:52 PM ET14:52 ET18:52 GMT2:52 11:52 AM MST1:52 PM EST2:22 PM VEN22:52 UAE1:52 PM CT-Plouffe had three hits for a second straight game and drove in three runs Wednesday in a win over the Braves.
Analysis: Plouffe, who had two RBIs a day earlier, may be rounding into form with seven games under his belt after missing more than a month due to a fractured rib.
|July 4 10:21 AM PT11:21 AM MT12:21 PM CT1:21 PM ET13:21 ET17:21 GMT1:21 10:21 AM MST12:21 PM EST12:51 PM VEN21:21 UAE12:21 PM CT-Plouffe (fractured left rib) was activated from the disabled list Monday and went 1 for 4 in his return to the Twins.
Analysis: Plouffe, who missed 32 games, was hitting .326 in his last 12 games before going on the DL on July 4.
|July 1 8:32 PM PT9:32 PM MT10:32 PM CT11:32 PM ET23:32 ET3:32 GMT11:32 8:32 PM MST10:32 PM EST11:02 PM VEN7:32 UAE (+1)10:32 PM CT-Plouffe had three hits Friday.
Analysis: He had just two hits in his previous five games.
|June 23 2:27 PM PT3:27 PM MT4:27 PM CT5:27 PM ET17:27 ET21:27 GMT5:27 2:27 PM MST4:27 PM EST4:57 PM VEN1:27 UAE (+1)4:27 PM CT-Plouffe was sidelined after straining his right groin Thursday and hopes to avoid the DL.
Analysis: Plouffe is considered day-to-day. "He's better than I thought he was going to be today," manager Paul Molitor said.
|June 23 11:14 PM PT12:14 AM MT1:14 AM CT2:14 AM ET2:14 ET6:14 GMT14:14 11:14 PM MST1:14 AM EST1:44 AM VEN10:14 UAE1:14 AM CT-Plouffe went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's victory over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Plouffe still isn't having a very good season, though he's been productive of late. The third baseman is hitting .409 on the Twins' current homestand and has driven in 11 runs over his last 14 games.
|June 9 9:56 AM PT10:56 AM MT11:56 AM CT12:56 PM ET12:56 ET16:56 GMT0:56 9:56 AM MST11:56 AM EST12:26 PM VEN20:56 UAE11:56 AM CT-Plouffe homered, doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice to key the Twins' win over the Marlins.
Analysis: Plouffe had no homers and three RBIs in his previous 20 games before breaking out Wednesday.
|May 24 1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET16:00 ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST3:30 PM VEN0:00 UAE (+1)3:00 PM CT-Plouffe had three hits in a 10-4 loss to Kansas City on Monday.
Analysis: Plouffe, batting .261 in 29 games, was 0 for 16 in his previous four.
|May 11 9:02 AM PT10:02 AM MT11:02 AM CT12:02 PM ET12:02 ET16:02 GMT0:02 9:02 AM MST11:02 AM EST11:32 AM VEN20:02 UAE11:02 AM CT-Plouffe homered, doubled and drove in three runs in a 5-3 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Analysis: Plouffe is 5 for 11 in his last three games after batting .236 in his first 15.
|Apr. 19 11:06 PM PT12:06 AM MT1:06 AM CT2:06 AM ET2:06 ET6:06 GMT14:06 11:06 PM MST1:06 AM EST1:36 AM VEN10:06 UAE1:06 AM CT-The Twins have placed Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
Analysis: Plouffe was placed on the list on Tuesday, two days after he left a win over the Angels in the 11th inning after feeling some discomfort near his ribcage. Plouffe has emerged as one of the team leaders, and his hot bat helped propel the team to three straight victories after a 0-9 start to the season. Manager Paul Molitor says the Twins remain hopeful that Plouffe will be ready to come back to the team as soon as the 15 days are up.
|Apr. 18 2:46 PM PT3:46 PM MT4:46 PM CT5:46 PM ET17:46 ET21:46 GMT5:46 2:46 PM MST4:46 PM EST5:16 PM VEN1:46 UAE (+1)4:46 PM CT-Plouffe went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI on Sunday.
Analysis: It was his second straight 3-for-4 game and third in a row with multiple hits. He has four RBIs in his last four games.