The Twins defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 Wednesday night.  Joe Mauer hit his first homerun this season and had 3 runs scored with 2 RBIs for the Twins.  Michael Cuddyer had 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs and Jason Kubel had 3 hits and 3 RBIs for the Twins.  Brian Duensing threw 6 2/3 innings with 7 hits and 1 earned run allowed with 6 strikeouts to get the win and improve to 8-8 for Minnesota.

The Twins  are 49-55 and will play at Texas again tonight to close out the 4-game series at 7:05, pregame on WJON at 6:35.  Righthander Scott Baker (8-5) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and lefthander Matt Harrison (8-7) toes the rubber for the Rangers.  Minnesota is 6 games back of Detroit for first place in the American League Central.