Matt Garza took the mound for his 8th start of the season, and threw 5 and 2/3 innings of good baseball. He gave up 6 hits and 3 runs, but all the runs were on solo homers (two by Miguel Tejada). Two of the three also came in the 6th, the last inning he would pitch in.

Garza walked 3 and struck out 4, but threw some pretty good pitches. He didn’t get some calls that the opposing pitcher was getting, which is disappointing, but there’s nothing you can do.

Joe Mauer is the offensive MVP of the game, getting the Twins on the board early in the first with a 2-run homerun. It’s his 12th of the year and just his 2nd off of lefties. He added two singles to raise his average to .347.

Torii Hunter was only 1-for-5, but drove in a run on his single in the 3rd. He was just short of hitting his 30th homerun of the year, too. He now has 93 RBI on the season.

Phil Nevin is co-MVP for hitting his first homerun as a Twin. It was a 2-run shot in the 8th to give the Twins some insurance runs. He also drove in a run on a sac fly in the 3rd.

Again, we had to use 7 pitchers to get through this game. Glen Perkins made his third appearance, for one batter, and gave up a hit. He was then pulled. Like yesterday, the 6 pitchers who threw an inning or less combined for only 46 pitches (or about 7 per pitcher), but I don’t like the way Gardenhire is doing that. He could have easily left Perkins and Pat Neshek in for more time, but chose not to. Neshek got a key strikeout in the 7th, and Joe threw out the runner trying to steal 3rd for a strike ’em out-throw ’em out play to end the inning.

Today the Twins start their last homestand of the season, and final 7 games of the season, against the Royals. The Royals just got beat up by the Tigers and were forced to use a lot of pitchers. Let’s hope this series can be as close to the 4-game sweep of the Royals in early August. It’s Boof Bonser as the starter, by the way.

Offensive MVP status: Torii Hunter – 1; Joe Mauer – 1

Co-MVP status: Michael Cuddyer – 1; Phil Nevin – 1

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