Reds Blank Twins; Mauer Returns
The Twins lost 6-0 in Cincinnati to the Reds Saturday afternoon. Johnny Cueto threw 7 shutout innings with 3 hits allowed and 9 strikeouts for the win for the Reds. Brian Duensing made the start for the Twins and allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings to take the loss. The start was the first this season for Duensing. Joe Mauer was in the lineup at first base with Justin Morneau getting the day off. Mauer, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit each had 1 hit for the Twins. Mauer had missed 4 games with a bruised quad.
Minnesota is 28-42 and will close the 3-game series at Cincinnati at 12:10 Sunday, pregame on WJON at 12:40. Lefthander Scott Diamond (5-3) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and righthander Mike Leake (2-5) toes the rubber for the Reds.