Minnesota Twins defeat Seattle Mariners, 2-1

SEATTLE — What began as another friendly meeting between Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez turned into a late-night thriller at Safeco Field.

With the Twins and Mariners knotted at one run apiece Friday night, each team's emotions ran the gamut -- just in the top of the 10th inning.

First, Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez went back to steal a three-run homer from Jason Kubel with a leaping catch. Then the Twins tried and failed to execute the suicide sq...

SEATTLE - Even after his gutsy performance in the Twins' 1-0 tiebreaker loss to the White Sox last September, Nick Blackburn remained something of a question mark entering a new season.

He had otherwise faded down the stretch, and some wondered how he would hold up after pitching 193 innings in his first full season in the majors.

But with Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano wobbling and Glen Perkins injured, Blackburn has emerged as a rotation stabilizer for the Twins...