Twins 7, Blue Jays 6
Delmon Young didn’t bother wearing the T-shirt designed to pump
up his All-Star hopes. He let his bat state the case instead.
Young had three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Denard
Span’s single in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat
the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday night.
With Young one of five American Leaguers in the running for the
Final Vote contest, the Twins gave their players gray T-shirts that
read “Drive In Delmon” on the front and “Vote For Delmon” on
the back, with many wearing them before the game.
The man in question, however, stuck with the somewhat tattered
“Eastbound and Down” T-shirt he’s been wearing for batting
practice all season.
“This is my lucky shirt,” he explained.
Young is up against White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko,
Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, Rangers infielder Michael Young
and Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis. Results are due Thursday.
“Just keep voting,” urged Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
“We’re doing it on our computers and I hope everybody is doing the
same thing. He’s had just a tremendous first half, RBIs, the whole
package. We’re doing everything we can. Just keep voting for him
because he’s really playing.”
Minnesota’s Michael Cuddyer is pulling for Young to earn his
first All-Star nod.
“He deserves it,” Cuddyer said. “He’s come a long way in the
three years that he’s been here. He’s playing for the team, and
that’s what’s big. I know he’s having individual success but it’s
not what’s driving him. What’s driving him is winning games and
he’s carrying us by knocking in runs.”
Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel each homered for the
Twins, before Young led off the eighth with a single off Jason
Frasor (3-2). After Nick Punto sacrificed Young to second, Scott
Downs came on to face Span and allowed his RBI single to
Young went 3 for 3 with an RBI and an intentional walk and is
batting .363 since June 3.
“I’m just getting lucky,” Young said. “The first base hit
could have been a diving play and the last one could have ended up
right in his glove, too. It takes a bit of luck. You can hit the
ball hard and have nothing to show for it or you can hit four
nubbers and have four base hits. You just have to take what’s given
While Young may be content to chalk his success up to fate,
Kubel is still jealous.
“I wish I could get some of that luck,” he said with a
Jose Mijares (1-0) retired two batters for the win, Jesse Crain
worked the eighth and Jon Rauch finished in the ninth for his 19th
Edwin Encarnacion, Lyle Overbay and Dewayne Wise homered for the
Blue Jays, who lead the major leagues with 123, but Toronto still
lost for the 12th time in 15 games. The Blue Jays came in having
won 15 of 19 against the Twins.
“They’re a big home run hitting team and they put some in the
seats but we kind of matched them,” Gardenhire said.
Minnesota opened the scoring with two runs in the second. Jim
Thome drove in the first with a grounder and Young followed with an
Toronto’s Fred Lewis cut the deficit to 2-1 with a two-out
double in the third.
The Blue Jays made it 5-2 with a four-run fifth. Overbay led off
with a homer, Lewis hit an RBI single and Wise drilled a two-run
blast to right.
The Twins tied it 5-all with a three-run, bat-around sixth
inning, chasing Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch. Morneau and
Kubel got the rally started with back-to-back homers, the third
time this season the Twins have hit consecutive drives.
Litsch left after Cuddyer singled and Thome doubled, and
reliever Brian Tallet loaded the bases with an intentional walk to
Young. One out later, Span drove in a run when he walked on a 3-2
“To be able to answer them in that inning was huge,” Cuddyer
Mauer led off the seventh with a drive to center, but
Encarnacion tied it with a first-pitch homer to left in the bottom
Twins right-hander Carl Pavano gave up six runs and eight hits
in 6 1-3 innings and has not lost in six starts. He walked none and
struck out two.
Litsch allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, walked
two and struck out none. He is winless in five starts since coming
off the disabled list June 9.
Notes: OF Vernon Wells and 2B Aaron Hill did not start for
Toronto, suffering from flu-like symptoms, but Wells pinch hit in
the ninth. Wise started in center and made two fine running
catches, while Nick Green played second. … Twins SS J.J. Hardy
was held out of the starting lineup but came on to play defense in