Twins option Slowey to minors

Former Winthrop standout Kevin Slowey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester Thursday, hours after his shortest stint of the season.

Slowey made his seventh start of the year for Minnesota, pitching at Yankee Stadium, and took a 2-0 lead into the second inning. He recorded the first two outs but was rapped for a solo home run from New York's Robinson Cano, followed by a double from Andy Phillips.

Phillips advanced to third on a wild pitch and Miguel Cairo followed with a double. Slowey walked Johnny Damon before Melky Cabrera smashed a two-strike pitch out to right to make it 5-2.

Slowey struck out Hideki Matsui to end the inning but was pulled with two outs in the fourth. He didn't pick up the decision but the Twins lost 7-6 after reliever Pat Neshek gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Matsui in the eighth inning.

Slowey went 3-0 in his stint with the Twins with a 5.84 ERA, striking out 19 in 37 innings. He was rapped for 53 hits and gave up more homers (13) than walks (nine).

He is only the second Eagle to make the major leagues, following Carl Dale.

Minnesota recalled left-hander Carmen Cali from Rochester to take Slowey's place.