Joe Mauer left a near-record 9 men on base (record is 11 in the AL, set back in the early 1900s), including the bases loaded twice. In the 5th we had the bases juiced with nobody out, but Mauer struck out and Justin Morneau hit into a double play. Our big rally came in the 8th when we scored 3 runs, when Jason Tyner hit a sac fly, Jason Bartlett hit a single, Luis Castillo hit it to second and should’ve been thrown out but the fielder, for some reason, didn’t throw the ball, and Nick Punto hit a single towards the hole in left and the shortstop bobbled it to allow him to reach. Then came Mauer who grounded out to end the threat.

Michael Cuddyer is still out with a sore back; he’s listed as day-to-day, along with pitchers Juan Rincon and Dennys Reyes. The pitchers have a sore elbow and shoulder, respectively.

Just a note about last night’s game: The Twins had 12 hits, but all were singles. The D-Rays only had 10 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 homers.

Ramon Ortiz was only able to pitch 4 innings, throwing 75 pitches in that time frame. He gave up 7 hits and 5 runs (only 4 were earned), but didn’t walk anybody and struck out 3. Glen Perkins did a nice job of long relief, lasting 3 innings on 38 pitches. He allowed 2 hits and 2 strikeouts, but no runs and no walks. Jesse Crain came in after that and gave up a bomb to center which hit the catwalk and bounced back into play, but apparently that’s ruled a home run.

The Twins are at home tonight for a weekend series against Boston. We get lucky to miss Josh Beckett, who has started the season a perfect 6 and 0, and hyped up international Daisuke Matsuzaka who gave up 7 runs in last night’s game.