Game story here.
Box score here.
And who needs Joe Nathan — or any other proven closer — anyway?
Jon Rauch breezed through his first save opportunity Tuesday night. Three batters, 16 pitches, 11 strikes, two K's, no problems.
Nick Blackburn had a Nick Blackburnish start, albeit with more walks (four) than one expects —a quality start that just fit the definition. He couldn't handle Torii Hunter, but the rest of the Anaheim lineup presented little real problem.
And the bullpen — Brian Duensing, Matt Guerrier and Rauch — was perfect.
Which leaves the power display to be discussed. Joe Mauer homered, Justin Morneau homered, J.J. Hardy homered. Jason Kubel let his first initial down.