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

center.

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

to you.”

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

laugh.

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

save.

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

RBI single.

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

pitch.

“To be able to answer them in that inning was huge,” Cuddyer

said.

Mauer led off the seventh with a drive to center, but

Encarnacion tied it with a first-pitch homer to left in the bottom

half.

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

the ninth.