Mauer sparks Twins’ win over Blue Jays with bat
For once, good pitching and hitting clicked on the same day for the Minnesota
Major league batting leader
“That’s kind of been our thing all year, that’s why we’ve been pretty much around .500 is we haven’t really hit for a long stretch of time when we’ve pitched for a long stretch of time,” first baseman
Mauer doubled and singled twice, boosting his average to .369. He delivered a two-run single in the first inning.
“Amazing,” Morneau said. “The year he’s having, it’s unfortunate we’re not in first place because he’d be, I mean, in my opinion he still should get the MVP, but he’d be running away with that thing.”
“He’s real excited, a little nervous too, which I don’t blame him for that,” manager Cito Gaston said. “I hope everything goes well for them. I’m not going to worry about him getting back here, just hope that the baby’s fine and she’s fine, too.”
Making his second major league start,
“I definitely didn’t have a changeup today, which I think hurt me,” Manship said. “I just think I was throwing way too many pitches, I was trying to be too fine at times and rushing myself.”
Minnesota had scored five runs overall just once in their previous 10 games, but broke loose against
“I don’t want to say it was a monkey off our back because I don’t think we put too much pressure on but it definitely gave us a sigh of relief,” Cuddyer said. “I’m sure it gave the pitching staff a sigh of relief as well.”
Morneau’s single snapped an 0 for 19 slump while Cuddyer’s hit ended an 0 for 16 skid.
“It feels like my first hit in about a month,” Morneau said. “I tried to get that ball.”
Morneau was happy to see the
“We scuffled in Cleveland and, for a team that has scored runs all year, it’s tough when you go through stretches like that,” Morneau said. “The pitchers have been throwing the ball great. If they keep doing that and we swing the way we’re capable of, we can hopefully make this thing interesting down the stretch.”
Richmond has not won since June 24. …