Minnesota Twins defeat Chicago White Sox, 4-3

The last time Jose Morales had stepped into a big league batter's box was July 11, when he delivered a two-run, pinch-hit single off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks.

On Tuesday night, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turned to Morales in an even bigger spot -- two outs, tie score, runners at the corners, bottom of the ninth.

Back from Class AAA Rochester, Morales looked like he hadn't missed a beat, calmly lining a single to center field and giving the Twins a 4-3 triumph o...

When Joe Mauer batted .414 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in May, he spoke of having fresh hands after missing all of April while recovering from a lower-back injury.

So how does he explain an August in which he batted .391 with eight home runs and 23 RBI?

Mauer has a good chance to add August Player of the Month honors to his May award. This time, he was hardly fresh.

Throw in two pinch-hit appearances, and Mauer has played in every game since June 18. He has start...