Seattle Mariners defeat Minnesota Twins, 5-3

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 in the Twins' 5-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday.

The 26-year-old catcher is hitting .485 since recovering from his sore sacroiliac joint. He has hit safely in seven of the nine games he has played.

In those nine games, he has had 33 at-bats, 16 hits, scored seven runs, hit three home runs, has a slugging percentage .848 and an on-base percentage of .553.

He always has hit well against Seattle. For his career, he is hitting .413 with 35 runs scored,...

MINNEAPOLIS - With one of his smooth and still-powerful left-handed swings, Ken Griffey Jr. roused the Seattle Mariners and sent a virtual Mother's Day card sailing over the right-field wall.

"It's a cheap way of me not buying my mom a gift," Griffey joked after Seattle's 5-3 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday stopped the Mariners' six-game losing streak.

Griffey was sure his mother, Birdie, would be smiling at his 614th career homer, a two-run shot ...