Johan Santana pitched pretty good, allowing only 1 run over 6 innings, and the offense lit up Detroit starter Justin Verlander (who threw a no-hitter earlier in June) for a big homer, a couple of doubles, and they took advantage of Detroit’s mistakes, like the Twins usually do.

Santana struck out 6 and walked 1, and the only run he gave up was a solo homer imagine that). He got the win to improve to 9-6 on the season.

Joe Mauer hit his first grand slam ever in the 5th inning. I was sitting there watching, with the bases loaded, just hoping that he wouldn’t hit a weak little double play that it seems he does a lot. I was willing to accept just a base hit, but he wanted to really get some RBIs so he poked it over the left field wall. It was especially great because it gave Santana a bigger lead so he didn’t have to worry about making a mistake, like he did in the earlier part of the season. It’s strange that I always think Joe is going to ground out or make an out when there are runners in scoring position. Last season he batted .360 with a .497 OBP with runners in scoring position. He has the same kind of numbers this year, batting .370 with a .492 OBP.

Jason Bartlett went 1-for-3 yesterday but also had 2 walks, allowing him to set the table and score 3 runs.

The 7-8-9 hitters (Jason Kubel, Jason Tyner, and Nick Punto, respectively) combined to go 1-for-11 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Today’s game starts at 2:55 central time and it’s a showdown between two young guns in Kevin Slowey (2-0, 4.94) and former first-round pick Andrew Miller (3-1, 2.70).