Mauer homers in 1st game as Twins top Royals 7-5

By: AP Email
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer sure gave the Minnesota Twins a
spark, and Justin Morneau kept it going.
Mauer homered in the first at-bat of his delayed season debut
and scored three times, and Morneau's go-ahead two-run shot sent
the Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday
night.
David DeJesus drove in three runs for the Royals, and Jose
Guillen made Kevin Slowey (4-0) sweat his perfect record with a
two-run single that tied it at 5 in the fifth inning.
But Morneau connected in the bottom half and Minnesota's bullpen
took over from there. Matt Guerrier needed only 12 pitches for two
perfect innings of relief, Jose Mijares struck out the side in the
eighth and Joe Nathan notched his fourth save in the ninth.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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