Minnesota Twins defeat Texas Rangers, 5-4

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - There's a feeling in the clubhouse that if Twins pitchers can manage to keep games within single-digit deficits -- O.K., grand slam range -- there's enough offense on the roster to battle back and win.

The Twins entered Wednesday averaging a little more than five runs a game. They've already hit more homers than they did last season and had homered in 11 consecutive games. Finally, a lineup that can punish a mistake.

"This is an offensive club," Tw...

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Joe Mauer made his season debut on May 1, which started a month to remember, batting .414 with 11 homers, 32 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.338 on-base plus slugging percentage.

A one-of-a-kind month? Maybe not.

Mauer is sizzling in August, batting a major league-best .465 (despite going (0-for-3 on Wednesday to end a 15-game hitting streak) with six homers, 20 RBI, a .527 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.409.

"It's fascinating to watc...