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Reds Blank Twins; Mauer Returns

The Twins lost 6-0 in Cincinnati to the Reds Saturday afternoon. Johnny Cueto threw 7 shutout innings with 3 hits allowed and 9 strikeouts for the win for the Reds. Brian Duensing made the start for the Twins and allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings to take the loss. The start was the first this season for Duensing. Joe Mauer was in the lineup at first base with Justin Morneau getting the day off. Mauer, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit each had 1 hit for the Twins. Mauer had missed 4 games with a bruised quad.

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Twins Beat Brewers In 15 Innings

The Twins downed Milwaukee 5-4 in 15 innings Sunday. Denard Span had the game-winning RBI single in the 15th inning to win in. Span was 4-8 with a run and 1 RBI on the day. Joe Mauer was 3-4 with 2 RBIs but left the game early with a bruised right quadriceps. Jame Carroll was 4-7 with 2 runs and 1 RBI for the Twins. Nick Blackburn started the game and allowed 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 6 innings and didn't figure in the final decision. Anthony Swarzak threw a scoreless 15th inning to get the win.

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Twins, Mauer Pound Cubs 11-3

The Twins defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-3 Saturday afternoon behind Joe Mauer. Mauer had missed 4 games with a thumb injury but in his first game back was 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Trevor Plouffe had another solid game going 2-4 with his 9th homerun of the season. Justin Morneau went 2-2 with 2 runs scored for Minnesota. Scott Diamond threw 6 shutout innings with 7 hits allowed with 5 strikeouts to get the win and improve to 5-1.

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Twins, Mauer Beat Cleveland 7-4

The Twins downed Cleveland 7-4 Saturday night behind solid performances from Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer. Mauer was 3-5 with a 2-run homerun and 3 RBIs on the night and Plouffe was 2-4 with a solo homerun and 3 RBIs on the night. Ben Revere and Denard Span each added 2 hits and Revere scored 2 runs. P.J. Walters started the game but didn't hang around long enough to get the win. He allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

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White Sox Beat, DeVries Twins 11-8

The White Sox beat the Twins 11-8 Wednesday night in the rubber game of the 3-game series. Alejandro De Aza hit a grand slam homerun off Brian Duensing to break the game wide open. Justin Morneau was 3-5 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBIs and Joe Mauer went 2-4 with a homerun and 2 runs scored. Morneau has 8 homeruns and Mauer has 2 homeruns this season. Brian Dozier hit a 2-run single for Minnesota.

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Brewers Routs Marquis, Twins 16-4

The Twins lost 16-4 in Milwaukee to the Brewers Sunday afternoon. Jason Marquis allowed 8 hits and 8 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss and drop to 2-4. His ERA swells to 8.47. Joe Mauer led the Twins with 4 hits and Josh Willingham had 1 hit and 1 RBI for Minnesota. The Twins were so far behind that backup catcher Drew Butera threw 1 scoreless inning of relief including a strikeout of former Twin centerfielder Carlos Gomez. The Twins' 4-game win streak is snapped.

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Blue Jays Beat Twins 2-1

The Twins lost 2-1 at home to Toronto Saturday night despite a solid Twins' debut for P.J. Walters. Walters threw 6 innings with 2 earned runs allowed but takes the loss for Minnesota. Drew Hutchinson threw 6 innings with 1 earned run allowed to get the win for the Blue Jays. Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier were each 2-4 at the plate for Minnesota. The Twins managed just 5 hits.

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Red Sox Edge Twins 7-6

The Twins lost 7-6 at home to the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night despite a feverish comeback. Minnesota fell behind 7-1 before scoring 5 runs in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 7-6. Sean Burroughs grounded into a double-play to end the inning and end the rally. Joe Mauer went 2-5 at the plate with 2 RBIs, Alexi Casilla was 3-4 with a run and 1 RBI, Ben Revere was 2-5 with 2 runs scored and Justin Morneau added 2 hits including a RBI double for the Twins.

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Twins Beat Yankees 7-3

The Twins won 7-3 in the Bronx against the Yankees Monday night in the first game of a 4-game series. Minnesota scored 2 runs in the 1st inning, 2 in the 5th and 2 more in the 8th. The New York Yankees hit back to back homeruns off Carl Pavano in the first inning before Pavano settled down. Pavano allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 7 innings to get the win. Joe Mauer went 3-4 with a run scored and 1 RBI, Justin Morneau was 2-5 with a solo homerun and Ryan Doumit and Jamey Carroll each had 2 hits for Minnesota.

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Twins Edge Angels 10-9; Play Rangers Tonight

The Twins came from down 6-0 to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 at Target Field Thrusday afternoon. Justin Morneau hit a 2-run homerun in Minnesota's 4-run 8th inning, Joe Mauer hit a 3-run homerun, Josh Willingham had 3 hits including a solo homerun and Denard Span was 4-5 with a run and 1 RBI for the Twins. Jeff Gray recorded just 1 out for the win and Matt Capps allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs in the 9th inning for the save.

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