Minnesota Twins defeat Seattle Mariners, 9-6

Righthander Matt Garza and shortstop Jason Bartlett were big stars for Tampa Bay last season, as the Rays made it to the World Series after acquiring the two players in an offseason trade from the Twins.

The two continue to perform well for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of 10 games after a slow start to the season.

The trade also sent pitcher Eduardo Morlan to Tampa Bay, while the Twins received outfielder Delmon Young, infielder Brendan Harris and outfielder Jason ...

If all Twins third baseman Joe Crede has this season is a slightly strained hamstring in May, he will take it.

Crede said he felt his hamstring pull while running the bases Thursday in Baltimore and was careful the rest of the game. He has been shut down for a few games, but took batting practice and fielded 10 grounders before Saturday's game.

"It feels a lot better," he said.

Crede missed his second game in a row as the Twins took no chances with the injury. Cre...

It's a relationship that's supposed to have boundaries. Joe Mauer is the batting champion. Justin Morneau is the power hitter and MVP winner.

But Mauer has put a strain on their relationship lately.

"I don't want him to get too close," Morneau admitted.

After missing the first month of the season, Mauer is healthy and his bat as quick as ever as he went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI during the Twins' 9-6 victory over Seattle on Saturday night at the Metrodome...