There are many walk-up songs in baseball that make a lot of literal sense for a baseball player to have. Others, however, sort of come out of left field. Pun intended.
Kevin Correia was in trouble from the start, and that was a tough way to begin against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. Yet Correia wiggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning and managed to stay even with prized pitcher from Japan. The Minnesota bullpen didn’t do nearly as well, and Twins slipped 3-1 Saturday for their seventh loss in nine games.
Masahiro Tanaka shut down Joe Mauer and the other Minnesota hitters while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.08, and Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth inning Saturday that sent the New York Yankees over the Twins 3-1. Tanaka (8-1) permitted only an unearned run in eight innings. The heralded rookie from Japan gave up four singles, just two leaving the infield.
Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins have yet to reap any rewards from his switch to first base. Mauer reluctantly gave up his job as the catcher to better protect himself from another concussion.
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As the All-Star Game gets closer, Minneapolis’ twin city, St. Paul, is getting into the action. Surrounded by school children, the Minnesota Twins unveiled new All-Star lineup of jersey-wearing Peanuts characters suited up for the midsummer classic. St. Paul’s native M&M boys, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer – both All-Star Ambassadors – were there to welcome two other St. Paul icons into the All-Star lineup: Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
Minnesota Twins catcher-turned-first baseman Joe Mauer has some advice for Giants All-Star Buster Posey: play catcher as long as you can, and enjoy doing it. Minnesota is making a rare visit to San Francisco this week for an interleague series that began Friday night.
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run second inning, sending Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers past the Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday. On a day when the Tigers honored former manager Jim Leyland, they won with a familiar formula they used to reach the playoffs under him: Power by Cabrera, the two-time AL MVP, and pitching by Scherzer, the reigning Cy Young Award winner.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 7-day disabled list. Hicks ended up with a concussion when he crashed into the center-field wall against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 1.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game with lower back spasms and manager Ron Gardenhire said the six-time All-Star could go on the disabled list. Mauer played catch and hit off a batting tee Wednesday, but it’s unclear when he’ll be able to play.
Mike Aviles’s two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). The ball was hit over the head of infielder Eduardo Escobar, who misjudged the ball that landed on the warning track.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer will miss at least one game with lower back spasms. Mauer was taken out of Sunday’s win against Baltimore in the third inning when his back tightened. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday that Mauer has improved, but the team wants to give their star some extra rest.
Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier both homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season and the Minnesota Twins ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Saturday. Mauer had three hits and four RBIs. His three-run shot off reliever Brad Brach in the seventh inning broke open the game.
After Yasiel Puig carried the Dodgers early, it was little-known Scott Van Slyke and Drew Butera who came up big at the end of a long day. Van Slyke and Butera homered in the 12th inning and Los Angeles held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to earn a sweep of the day-night doubleheader on Thursday.