Atlanta Braves defeat Minnesota Twins, 3-2

Imagine knowing that just about every friend, classmate or second-cousin you've ever known wants an autograph.

That every newspaper reporter, TV station and radio host requests an interview. Every school and church and neighborhood business wants a donation for a fundraiser. And the tickets, always the tickets -- can you help us out for Friday night's game?

It's why Joe Mauer can boil down his advice to Jason Heyward to one word: no.

"Be prepared to say no, even if i...

One reason Jon Rauch has been a successful replacing Joe Nathan as the Twins' closer has been an ability to limit walks.

Rauch has 20 strikeouts and three walks in 25 innings. His walk rate -- walks per nine innings pitched -- is 1.1, well below his career mark of 2.8.

"I don't really pay attention to it; I just know I don't like walking guys," said Rauch, who has converted 16 of 18 save chances. "If I get 3-0, 3-1 on somebody, I'd rather have them get a hit than get...

After the suicide squeeze bunt that sank the Twins on Saturday night, center fielder Denard Span ran past one of the umpires and said, "That's National League baseball right there."

Span was a Braves fan growing up in Tampa, Fla., so he'd seen manager Bobby Cox work his magic many times. Now in his farewell season, Cox put his fingerprints all over Atlanta's 3-2 victory at Target Field.

It wasn't just the squeeze. It was the hit-and-run before the squeeze. And the th...