Mauer, Young Looking Stronger

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 am

Joe Mauer and Delmon Young both missed some time earlier in spring training, but Twins fans are beginning to feel better about the status of the two stars. Especially after Monday.
Mauer had two hits and an RBI and Young also rapped out a pair of singles to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.

Mauer, who had knee surgery in the offseason, started at catcher for the second time this spring and played six innings. He singled twice and drew a walk, finishing 2 for 3.

Young, who has recovered from a toe injury, singled in his first two at-bats against left-hander Paul Maholm.

For the Twins, left-hander Brian Duensing looked much better than he did his last time out; Duensing pitched five innings allowing an unearned run and three hits. Duensing walked one and struck out two.

Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw from Duensing as well telling reporters “The ball came out of his hand really good – He had all of his pitches working. His location was outstanding. He had a great little breaking ball that he could slip over any time he wanted to.”

A couple other quick Twins notes from yesterday: Twins OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) and 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) both made appearances in a minor league game and are expected to play Wednesday night against Baltimore. Twins closer Joe Nathan also  pitched two innings in a minor league game.

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