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Arcia's homer snaps 0-for-31 skid

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ANAHEIM -- Oswaldo Arcia snapped his 0-for-31 skid in a big way, as he homered in his first at-bat against the Angels on Wednesday night.

Arcia entered without a hit since singling in the sixth inning against the Blue Jays on June 11 and was hitless over his last eight games. But he ended his hitless streak with a solo shot off Angels right-hander Garrett Richards in the second inning with the homer coming on an 0-1 fastball.

"He put a nice swing on the ball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Arcia, who went 1-for-3 with a walk. "He had a couple good at-bats. He drew a walk. So he had some good at-bats and I like that. I told him that. I thought he hung in there pretty good. He was better. It was nice to see."

It was the longest hitless streak of Arcia's young career, and the longest by a Twins player since Greg Gagne went 32 at-bats without a hit in 1991.

The club record was set in 1978 by Butch Wynegar, who went 38 at-bats without a hit that September. The modern Major League record is a 46-game hitless streak from Eugenio Velez set in 2011.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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