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Seven RBI enough for Joe Mauer as Twins win 19-1

Jul 27, 2010, 2:05 AM EDT

Joe Mauer turned in his fourth career five-hit game and drove in a personal-best seven runs as the Twins steamrolled the Royals 19-1 on Monday night.
The reigning AL MVP was 5-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double before being removed for a pinch-hitter with a runner on in the eighth. Manager Ron Gardenhire offered him the chance to hit and go for a 6-for-6 night, but Mauer opted out. Drew Butera replaced him and promptly lined into a double play.
Mauer topped his previous high of six RBI, which he established in a 20-1 win over the White Sox on May 21, 2009.
Also notable from the game was that Danny Valencia, who didn’t have a homer in the majors or minors this season, went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk. He entered the game with four extra-base hits — all doubles — and five RBI in 81 at-bats for the Twins.
He’s the first Twin ever to hit a grand slam for his first homer.
The Royals got their lone run on a Wilson Betemit double in the ninth to narrowly avoid their worst shutout loss ever. It wouldn’t have been the biggest margin of victory this season either way, though. The Brewers beat the Pirates 20-0 back on April 22.
The 18-run deficit was the Royals’ biggest since they lost to the A’s 21-3 on June 18, 2000.

  1. BC - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Why on earth do you leave Mauer in when you have a 10-run lead? The guy’s been nicked up, and you’re already without Morneau, and when you’re franchise player is a catcher the guy needs rest. Should have yanked him much earlier….

  2. ThatGuy - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Mauer runs his own playing time. Anyone thats ever listened to Gardy’s interviews on Mauers playing time knows when Mauer wants to rest, he rests. When Mauer wants to play, he plays. He sat two games(including the game prior to yesterdays) and DH’d one in the past week. Mauer knows his body and when it needs rest.

  3. minnesconsin_ad - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    he’s also likely to DH tonight, as Butera has been catching Pavano more often than not. If you’re having a tough year, I think you jump at the opportunity for an extended BP session against the royals bullpen.

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