That went just about as well as it could have. For a time there, Joe Mauer had an OPS of 5.000. And then he followed up the homer with a double and a walk before grounding into a double play in his last at bat. Justin Morneau also homered and reached base three times as the Twins sent the Beluga Whale (Sidney Ponson) to the showers early. If you have a good memory, you'll know that that didn't happen last time they faced him. In all, the Twins tagged him for seven runs in less than five innings.
On the pitching side of things, Kevin Slowey was not so good, as he surrendered five runs in the same number of innings. However, he did move to 4-0 thanks to the aforementioned offensive support. Following him, the bullpen was fantastic. Matt Guerrier came through with two perfect innings and Jose Mijares continued his dominance by striking out the side yet again (though he did allow a single). Joe Nathan then completed the game for his fourth save.
I wasn't planning on posting today until Mauer's excellent return made it necessary, so that's all I've got. With the victory, the Twins have tied the (previously) division-leading Royals and trail the White Sox by just a half game.
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