Minnesota Twins defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Joe Mauer's first swing of the season sent a ball flying over the left-field wall for a homer on May 1, which stunned Twins teammates and thrilled a Metrodome crowd eager to see the St. Paul native after he missed April recovering from a sore lower back.

A fan at the Dome held up a sign that reflected the moment: "April Showers Bring Joe Mauers."

And in May, Mauer brought power.

Mauer was baseball's most devastating force throughout the mont...

One good move the Twins made in recent memory was signing Justin Morneau to a six-year, $80 million contract in January 2008, locking in the outstanding first baseman until 2013.

Morneau is off to a better start this season than he was in 2006, when he was the American League MVP.

Not only is Morneau one of the best fielding first basemen in baseball, but he is hitting .342 with 14 home runs and an impressive 47 RBI.

Joe Mauer can be a free agent at the end of the...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Rays righthander Matt Garza knows what his former team is all about. And he sees a lot of it in Twins leadoff hitter Denard Span.

Span worked Garza over during a 10-pitch at-bat in the first inning Sunday before flying out to left. He forced Garza to use all his pitches and gave his team a good look at what they would be facing. It also sent a message to Garza.

"I go, 'Damn, D,' and he just gave me a little grin," Garza said. "I knew what he wa...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - It took a mighty swing by Carlos Gomez that resulted in a 150-foot RBI, a belly-flop catch by Jose Mijares and a save by an ailing closer.

No, it wasn't pretty, but it got results.

The Twins edged Tampa Bay 3-2 on Sunday to avoid getting swept in the three-game series and remind them that baseball rules do allow for teams to win on the road.

"Just to win a game like that reaffirms the fact that we can play close games and win," said Twins ca...