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Pro baseball: Mauer sparks Twins in return to lineup

Published 05/01/2009

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer brought a big smile back to the dugout after hitting a home run in his first at-bat, and his teammates were just as quick to needle him about his exceptional talent. Is it really THAT easy, they jokingly asked? Mauer looked like a natural in his delayed season debut and scored three times, and Justin Morneau’s go-ahead two-run shot sent the Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

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