Alex Burnett, meanwhile, had a rough seventh inning (which made Perkins' scoreless eighth vital). I still see Burnett as the team's best right-handed set-up choice, but that's not saying much.
|Joe Mauer singles home a run in the first|
inning Friday night.
Closer: Matt Capps
Setup 1: Glen Perkins
LOOGY 1: Jose Mijares
Setup2/Middle reliever 1: Burnett
LOOGY 2: Phil Dumatrait
Middle reliever 2: Jim Hoey
Long Man: Anthony Swarzak
Much to the disappointment of certain talk-radio-addled columnists, Joe Mauer was greeted Friday with an ovation at Target Field.
First at-bat, RBI single, followed by a run scored. Not quite like his belated 2009 debut, when he homered in his first AB, but plenty good.
No. 7 is back in the lineup and behind the plate. The Twins have won 12 of 14. Things are looking up.