Joe Mauer, soon to be named player of the month for May, started June the same way he played last month. He went 3 for 3 with an intentional walk. Who would have thought that a team would purposely put an extra guy on base for Justin Mourneau, who is hitting .345 with 47 RBIs (3rd most in the AL)? I guess when you have already had 2 singles, one for an RBI, and 1 2-run homer; teams will start to do drastic things to limit your damage. It paid off this time, as Morneau hit into a inning ending double play.
Fortunately for the Twins, Mauers' 3 RBIs, along with Denard Span's 1, were enough for Kevin Slowey and crew to beat the Indians, 3-4. Slowey now has 8 wins on the year, 2nd most in all of baseball. The game got close in the 7th inning when Mourneau and Alexi Cassila hit gloves going for a flyball in shallow right field, allowing Cleveland's first 2 runs. Then in the 8th Jose Mijares gave up a solo home run to Victor Martinez to bring the score within 1. Joe Nathan came in for a 4 out save, his 10th save of the season.