Last night Joe Mauer returned from an injury that kept him sidelined for the first month of the season. After his performance, there shouldn’t be much doubt about his health. Mauer homered to the opposite field in his first at bat, and doubled down the left field line in his second at bat. The performance by Mauer fueled the Twins to a 7-5 victory.
The Twins managed to pull a .500 record in April despite shoddy pitching and the absence of possibly their best player. After Mauer provided the opening act, Justin Morneau launched a go-ahead two run blast in the fifth, driving in hat would prove to be the winning runs.
The win pulled the Twins into a tie with the Royals in the division, but the winning White Sox took over first place and now lead both in the Central by half a game. You still have to like the Twins chances in this weak division with Mauer back.