Thome comes in with four homers in his last three games, and needs just two more to reach 400. The slugging first baseman enters the game tied for second in the NL with 17 homers on the season.
“You approach them one at a time, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but it’s nice to be closing in on that number,” Thome said. “That number is a special number because there is a lot of great players that are around that number.”
Philadelphia began the week by splitting two games with the Chicago White Sox, before the teams were rained out Thursday. The Phillies pitching staff doubtlessly welcomed the off day after allowing 24 runs in two games.
The extra day off could prove to be an advantage for the Phillies after the Twins went 15 innings to pull out a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep.
Rookie catcher Joe Mauer was 2-for-9 in the series against the Mets, and is batting .158 (3-for-19) since returning from the knee injury that he suffered in the Twins’ second game of the season. Mauer was the designated hitter for Thursday’s game after his first set of consecutive nights behind the plate since the injury.
“We talked about breaking him in slowly,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.