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Dave Campbell / Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

Mauer helps Twins top Angels

MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for the Minnesota Twins in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on a cold, windy Monday night that helped send several fly balls to the deepest parts of Target Field.

Kevin Correia (1-1) earned his first American League win after finishing seven innings for the third time in as many starts with the Twins, getting two double-play grounders to help him limit the Angels to solo home runs by Peter Bourjos and former Twins utility infielder Brendan Harris.

Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was battered again for nine hits, one walk and four runs in 4 Xc innings. Mauer doubled and scored in the first and led off the fifth inning with a homer to left-center field. Trevor Plouffe also went deep off Blanton, and Justin Morneau drove in a run with a double.

Mauer added RBI singles against relievers in the sixth and eighth, when Pedro Florimon also hit a two-run double.

The Angels, with the sixth-highest payroll in the majors this season, fell to 4-9.

Correia gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out five. When he signed a $10 million, two-year contract last winter, it did little to excite Twins fans. But the 32-year-old has been by far their best starter so far with a 2.95 ERA.

Correia was supposed to pitch on Sunday, but an endless blend of snow, sleet and rain prompted the Twins to postpone that game against the New York Mets until August. The forecast for this week isn’t much friendlier for baseball, with the Wednesday night game in question due to possible rain.

The first-pitch temperature was 38 degrees, actually the third-warmest of six home games for the Twins in this frosty start to the season. The wind was gusting toward center field at 16 mph, and it showed.

Bourjos, the slap-hitting speedster in the leadoff spot for now, sent a drive into the left-center bullpen on Correia’s fourth pitch. Harris, whose last major league home run was for the Twins on April 8, 2010, against the Angels, hit one nearby to start the third inning.

As the 32-year-old Harris approached his last leg around the diamond, he wound up and gave third base coach Dino Ebel an exaggerated hand slap on his way home. Harris spent the last two seasons with Triple-A teams for Baltimore and Colorado before joining the Angels this season and replacing the injured Erick Aybar at shortstop last week. Harris has 30 home runs in 1,603 major league at-bats.

Los Angeles Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bourjos cf 4 1 1 1 Mstrnn cf-lf 5 1 1 0

Trout lf 4 0 2 0 Mauer c 5 2 4 3

Pujols 1b 4 0 1 0 Mornea 1b 5 0 1 1

Hamltn rf 4 0 0 0 Doumit dh 5 0 1 1

Trumo dh 4 0 2 0 Parmel rf 3 0 0 0

HKndrc 2b 4 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 1 2 1

Iannett c 3 0 0 0 Arcia lf 3 0 1 0

BHarrs ss 4 1 1 1 Hicks cf 0 1 0 0

LJimnz 3b 3 0 2 0 Dozier 2b 2 2 0 0

Flormn ss 3 1 2 2

Totals 34 2 9 2 Totals 35 8 12 8

Los Angeles 101 000 000—2

Minnesota 101 111 03x—8

E—Hamilton (2), Arcia (1). DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Los Angeles 6, Minnesota 8. 2B—Trout (5), Trumbo (6), Mauer (5), Morneau (4), Plouffe (3), Florimon (2). HR—Bourjos (2), B.Harris (1), Mauer (2), Plouffe (2). SB—Mastroianni (1), Hicks (1). CS—L.Jimenez (1). S—Florimon.

IP H R ER BB SO

Los Angeles

Blanton L,0-3 4Xc 9 4 4 1 4

Roth 2 1 1 1 1 2

M.Lowe Zc 1 3 3 2 1

D.De La Rosa 1 1 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Correia W,1-1 7 8 2 2 1 5

Burton H,3 1 1 0 0 0 1

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 0

M.Lowe pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

WP—Roth, M.Lowe.

T—2:49. A—23,535 (39,021).