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Associated Press, Published March 24 2013

Joe Mauer’s 6 RBIs lead Twins over Blue Jays

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Joe Mauer had a three-run homer and six RBIs and Justin Morneau hit a two-run drive that caromed off a palm tree behind the right-field wall, helping the Minnesota Twins rout the Toronto Blue Jays 14-5 Sunday.

Mauer homered to center in a four-run first off Dave Bush and hit a three-run double in the fourth that chased Guillermo Moscoso, who also allowed Morneau’s homer during the seven-run inning.

Aaron Hicks, bidding to become the Twins’ center fielder, was 4 for 4 and raised his batting average to .350.

Luis Jimenez homered twice and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays.

Twins starter P.J. Walters gave up three runs and four hits in three innings.

Toronto Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Gose rf-cf 2 0 0 0 A.Hicks cf 4 3 4 1

Munoz ph 1 0 0 0 Mstrinni cf 1 0 0 0

Ngrych 2b 5 0 1 0 Dozier 2b 4 3 3 2

R.Davis lf 4 1 3 1 J.Crroll 2b 1 0 1 0

C.Hwkins lf 0 0 0 0 Mauer c 3 2 2 6

Rasmus cf 3 0 0 0 Btra ph-c 2 1 1 1

K.Wilson rf 0 0 0 0 Mrneau 1b 3 2 1 2

Thole c 3 0 1 0 D.Rhlfng 1b 1 0 0 0

Ochk ph-c 1 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 0

LaRche 3b 3 2 1 0 Olmedo 3b 1 0 0 0

L.Jmnz 1b 4 2 2 4 Prmlee rf 5 0 1 0

Nickeas dh 2 0 0 0 Clment dh 4 0 0 1

Lewn ph-dh 2 0 0 0 Boggs lf 3 1 1 1

McCoy ss 2 0 0 0 Florimon ss 3 1 0 0

Kwasaki ss 2 0 0 0

Totals 34 5 8 5 Totals 39 14 15 14

Toronto 020 210 000— 5

Minnesota 420 710 00x— 14

DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Toronto 6, Minnesota 4. 2B—A.Hicks (6), Mauer (1), Plouffe (3), Parmelee (2). HR—R.Davis (2), L.Jimenez 2 (2), Dozier (2), Mauer (1), Butera (1), Morneau (3). CS—Gose (3).

IP H R ER BB SO

Toronto

Bush L,3-1 2 6 6 6 1 0

Jeffress 1 3 5 5 2 0

Moscoso 1 3 2 2 0 0

Brummett 2 2 1 1 0 1

Loup 1 1 0 0 0 1

J.Stilson 1 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Walters W,3-0 3 4 3 3 2 2

Duensing 2 3 2 2 1 2

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 2

Roenicke 2 1 0 0 1 1

B.Pugh 1 0 0 0 0 0

WP—Moscoso, Brummett. Balk—Moscoso.

T—3:01. A—7,312 (8,100).