By La Velle
Joe Mauer was 1 for 2 with two walks and caught seven innings on Monday for Class A Fort Myers. He’ll catch again on Tuesday, DH Wednesday and should join the Twins on Friday.
Scott Baker fell to 0-3 but will take a run in which he retired 10 straight Rays into his next start. Baker finally found the adjustment he was looking for and kept the ball down better. “For the most part, I was where I needed to be,” he said. “They were able to string some hits together.”
Baker didn’t give up a homer tonight after giving up seven in his first two starts.
Jose Morales was charged with two passed balls on Monday, which might have moved him into the major league lead (late games are still going on). One of the passed balls came during a pitchout. Never seen that before….
Jesse Crain said he feels good but wasn’t sure when he’ll throw in the bullpen as he works his way back from a sore shoulder.
Finally, Baker was squeezed on a two-strike pitch to Evan Longoria in the first. Longoria rifled the next pitch down the left field line that looked like it could have been foul but was ruled fair for a double. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire ran out to protest, but third base umpire Paul Emmel told him he was, “100 percent sure.” It was fair. Gardenhire couldn’t argue with 100 percent….