Boof Bonser pitched 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits but just 1 earned run. He walked 3 and struck out 6. In the 7th, he walked in a run, but the inning should have been over much earlier when Jason Bartlett fielded a double-play ball. But he bobbled it, and there was no chance to get the runner at second anymore. Pat Neshek, Carmen Cali, and Ramon Ortiz finished the game, with all of them not allowing a baserunner. 
 
 

The Twins didn’t have trouble with the lefty starter for the Sox, with Justin Morneau hitting his 16th homer of the year, this one a 2-run bomb, in the 3rd inning when the Twins broke the game open. Jason Kubel would do the same just a few batters later, and that was his second homer of the year. According to Dick and Bert, the past two Tuesdays before yesterday, Morneau had hit 2 homers in those games. When he came up in the 5th inning (after already hitting his first homer) with the bases loaded, I think most of us TV watchers were excited that he could hit another one. He didn’t, but a double into the right field corner to score 2 runs is just fine. 
 

Michael Cuddyer was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, even though he’s hitting just .233 off of lefties this year. 
 
 

Joe Mauer‘s return might be a little delayed, as he reported soreness in his leg yesterday. He’s going to get checked out by a doctor today, after which the team will say whether or not his come back date is still set to this Friday. 
 

Also, it’s official: Kevin Slowey has been called up. He’ll pitch his first game in Oakland on Friday. 
 

The game today starts at 12:10 and we’ll see Scott Baker make his third start of the season. It would be really nice for him to pitch well and for us to get the win and sweep of a division rival. The Twins are also off tomorrow, but it’s also my last day of school, so I’ll have more time to write about the team. Expect another minor league post to be up Friday morning.

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