8:10 PM ET, June 26, 2006
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Win or lose, single or strikeout, Joe Mauer's demeanor rarely changes. Sure, the young catcher's smooth left-handed swing has produced plenty of success, but the Minnesota Twins are just as happy with his level head.Mauer went 4-for-5 with a career-best five RBI to lead Minnesota past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 on Monday night, the Twins' fifth straight win and 15th in their last 17 games.
Those who thought that Joe Mauer was going to develop into a superstar in 2005 were a year too early. In 2006, Mauer has emerged as one of the game's best pure hitters, flourishing big-time during the Twins' magical resurrection in June.
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|The Twins have won their last eight games at the Metrodome while holding their opponents to three or fewer runs in each game. It's the first time since the franchise moved from D.C. to Minnesota in 1961 that the Twins have won eight in a row at home, holding their foes to fewer than four runs in each game. They previously had seven-game streaks in 2002 and 1966. (In their previous incarnation as the Washington Senators, the team had an eight-game streak in 1924.)• For more Elias Says, click here.|
Left-hander Odalis Perez will start Wednesday for Brett Tomko (strained left oblique muscle), Little said. No decision about placing Tomko on the disabled list has been made. ... These teams met in the 1965 World Series, won in seven games by Los Angeles. This was the Dodgers' first visit to Minnesota since then, and two members of that team -- Lou Johnson and Willie Davis -- threw out ceremonial first pitches. Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew, two of the Twins' stars, also participated. ... The Twins are 11-2 in interleague games this year.
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Mauer singled to center, L Castillo scored, N Punto to third, J Mauer to second advancing on throw.||0||1|
|2nd||A Ethier hit sacrifice fly to right, J Drew scored.||1||1|
|2nd||N Punto singled to center, T Tiffee scored, L Castillo to second.||1||2|
|2nd||J Mauer tripled to deep left, L Castillo and N Punto scored.||1||4|
|3rd||N Garciaparra singled to left center, R Furcal scored.||2||4|
|6th||J Mauer singled to left, L Castillo scored, N Punto to second.||2||5|
|6th||M Cuddyer singled to right, N Punto scored, J Mauer to third, M Cuddyer to second advancing on throw.||2||6|
|8th||J Mauer hit a ground rule double to deep right center, L Castillo scored.||2||7|
|8th||M Cuddyer singled to center, J Mauer scored.||2||8|
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|Stadium||Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||22,528 (57% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|