The 34 total runs scored in game 1 is the most in any Major League game since 1999, when 36 were scored. Add on the 12 they scored in game 2, and that’s just a ton of runs. There’s going to be a ton of nice hitting stats, and they’re all Twins, so brace yourselves:

Game 1’s stars were Joe Mauer – 4-for-6 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter – each had 3 hits, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored, but especially Jason Kubel – 2-for-3, 1 run scored, 7 RBI. Yes, 7. He hit a Grand Slam in the 7th and had a couple of sac flies. Scott Baker got the win, even though he allowed 7 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings. Carmen Cali, fresh from AAA, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 1 and 1/3 innings.

Game 2’s star was definitely Morneau, going 3-for-5 with 6 RBI and 3 runs scored. He hit a solo homer, a 2-run shot, and a 3-run home run, all to different parts of the field (left, center, and right). It was a weird situation because Mike Redmond had to leave the game as he got cut on his head from a backswing. Mauer was DHing, but then went to catch, and according to MLB’s rules you cannot substitute for a DH, so Matt Garza and all the other pitchers had to bat. Garza was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice. Jeff Cirillo had a pinch-hit, 3-run dinger. Hunter and Michael Cuddyer each had solo homers. Garza went 6 innings, allowed only 5 hits, and most importantly, no runs. He did walk 3 but also struck out 6. Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan pitched the remaining 3 innings, neither of them allowing a baserunner.

The 3-homer game by Morneau is extra special in a few ways. His first home run was the 100th of his career. He’s just the 4th Twin to hit 3 homers in a game, joining Bob Allison, Harmon Killebrew, and Tony Oliva. Morneau also joined another exclusive club, becoming the 4th player in history to hit 3 home runs at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rondell White has set a target date of right after the All-Star Break to come back to rejoin the team. It seems that a lot of players on the team feel he’s the “missing link”, a.k.a. the 25-30-homer DH/left fielder. It’s clear he cannot stay healthy, but if he can hit like he did in the playoffs last year, it certainly would be an improvement. And because he apparently can’t hit as well while DHing, Kubel can play DH to further help his knees get/stay healthy.

Today’s game starts at 2:55 and we’re facing another pitcher who’s thrown a no-hitter this year in Mark Buehrle. But, with the way the offense was yesterday, it should be a fun game to watch. Boof Bonser pitches for us.

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