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Twins get to Buchholz, down Red Sox

May 13, 2008 - 4:18 AM By Anthony Maggio PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) - The Minnesota Twins have won four of the last seven American League Central Division titles thanks in large part to protecting their home turf. They are up to more of the same in 2008.

Joe Mauer scored a season-high three runs and the Twins clinched their four-game series against the Boston Red Sox with a 7-3 victory on Monday at the Metrodome.

Minnesota won three of four against the defending champs after sweeping both Chicago and Detroit in its previous home series and improved to 14-7 under the teflon roof.

"You've got to win at home and we've always been able to do that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "(The Red Sox are) as good as you get in this league the way I look at it."

Minnesota took advantage of a career-high five walks from Boston starter Clay Buchholz (2-3), scoring seven runs off the 23-year-old in his 4 1/3 innings of work.

"His offspeed is so good, but they were able to sit soft because he wasn't throwing enough fastballs and when he did, they ran back over the plate," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "When he commands not just his fastball, but everything, that's where he has those games where he can get deep and he's missing a lot of bats."

Livan Hernandez (6-1), meanwhile, shook off a three-run first inning to win his third consecutive start - beating the Tigers, White Sox and Boston.

"It's not easy," Hernandez said. "You've got to concentrate and you have got to plan the way you can pitch these guys and keep them off balance. That's the most important (thing)."

Manny Ramirez's 498th career home run pushed Boston's advantage to 3-0 after David Ortiz singled home Dustin Pedroia in the top of the first inning, but the Twins quickly turned the game around.

Brendan Harris, Mauer and Justin Morneau recorded consecutive one-out singles in the bottom of the first and Mauer scored on J.D. Drew's fielding error to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Minnesota tacked on two more in the third inning when Michael Cuddyer singled home Mauer and Delmon Young hit a bases-loaded fielder's choice to plate Morneau and give the Twins the lead for good.

Mauer walked to lead off the fifth inning and Cuddyer hit a one-out single to put runners on the corners. Monroe, coming off a two-homer, four-RBI night on Sunday, followed with a two-run double down the left-field line, and Young hit an RBI single to chase Buchholz.

"I'm getting back (to my 2006 form)," Monroe said when his 28-home run season was mentioned. "It's early to say right now, I don't want to get into it that deep. I just know that my plan is working and I'm going to continue to work on it and hopefully in September we'll still be talking about it."

Buchholz's only 1-2-3 inning came in the fourth as he struggled with his command. The righthander gave up seven runs and eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts. He has allowed 12 runs and 18 hits with six walks in his last two starts over just 8 1/3 innings.

"I might have been trying to throw too hard like I do sometimes," Buchholz said. "Just trying to do too much instead of pitching to contact. I was trying to miss bats."

After allowing four hits in the first inning, Hernandez surrendered six hits with a walk over his next five frames. He allowed three runs and 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout in six innings pitched, and has now given up just five earned runs in his last three starts over 22 innings.

Young, Cuddyer and Morneau all had two hits each for the Twins, who won back-to-back games for the first time since winning five straight from April 29 through May 4.

Minnesota, which hasn't lost a home series since dropping three of four to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to start the season, is in first place in the AL Central.

"We know we can play, we know what we're capable of and we know what our goal is," Cuddyer said. "As long as we stick together in here, then it doesn't really matter what people outside this clubhouse think or say about us."

Drew extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 3-for-4 night as Boston lost for the fourth time in its last six games.








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    FINAL
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    BOSTON 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 1
    MINNESOTA 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 x 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - CLAY BUCHHOLZ, JAVIER LOPEZ (5TH), CRAIG HANSEN (7TH), MIKE
    TIMLIN (8TH) AND JASON VARITEK
    MIN - LIVAN HERNANDEZ, JUAN RINCON (7TH), JESSE CRAIN
    (9TH) AND JO

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    Red Sox 3, Twins 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 12 9:32 PM
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  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CRAIG MONROE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M LAMB (.235, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Red Sox 3, Twins 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 8:49 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CRAIG MONROE SCORED JOE MAUER AND MICHAEL
    CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C MONROE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.261, 0-FOR-2, RBI)

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    BOSTON 3 0 0 0 3 7 1
    MINNESOTA 2 0 2 4 5 0 (BOT 4)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - CLAY BUCHHOLZ
    MIN - LIVAN HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A EVERETT (.196, 0-FOR-1)
    C GOMEZ (.265, 0-FOR-2)
    B HARRIS (.263, 1-FOR-2)

    Red Sox 3, Twins 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 12 8:27 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CUDDYER ON FIRST, J MORNEAU ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C MONROE (.284, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Red Sox 3, Twins 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 12 8:11 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS. ERROR BY
    J.D. DREW ALLOWED JOE MAUER TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    MINNESOTA 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.264, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

    Red Sox 3, Twins 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 12 7:33 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - CLAY BUCHHOLZ
    MIN - LIVAN HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.269, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
    B HARRIS (.259, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
    J MAUER (.330, 0 HR, 15 RBI)

    Red Sox 3, Twins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 12 7:21 PM