Nick Blackburn pitched exceptionally well, lasting 8 and 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs but didn’t walk anyone and struck out 4. 7 of the 8 hits he allowed were singles. Although technically it was Joe Nathan that gave up the runs. After Nick hit a guy and gave up a single, Joe came in and surrendered a 3-run, inside-the-park home run. Delmon Young was chasing the ball but i think gave up on it because he thought it was going to land foul. It didn’t.

 

 Michael Cuddyer was 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs but struck out with the bases loaded early on in the game. He made up for it by getting an RBI single in the top of the 12th to put the Twins ahead, for good.

 

 Alexi Casilla had 3 hits, including an RBI single. He also got his first stolen base of the year.

 

Justin Morneau also collected 3 hits and they were also all singles. He didn’t drive anyone in but scored once and also had a walk.

Joe Mauer was 0-for-4 but with his 2 walks, he ended up scoring twice (including the game-winning run.)

 

Livan Hernandez pitches tonight and since Jason Kubel was 0-for-5 last night, I’m putting my money on Craig Monroe to start. It could also be because Monroe has two homers in 18 ABs against the Royals’ starter.

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