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Plouffe grand slam, Dozier homer lead Twins past Athletics

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Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam against All-Star Sonny Gray in the sixth inning after Brian Dozier led off the game with his 20th home run, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 on Friday night.

Plouffe connected for his second career grand slam, both this year, to back 7 2-3 strong innings from Ervin Santana (1-0).

It was Dozier's fifth homer leading off a game this season and 12th of his career. Gray surrendered just his sixth and seventh homers of 2015. Dozier also hit No. 20 at Oakland last season.

Santana worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and won in his third start since returning from an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

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