Bits: Mauer, Morneau, Willingham go deep
April, 13, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
• Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham each homered in Thursday's wild 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, the first time the franchise's 3-4-5 hitters had all gone deep in a home game in nearly eight years. For Willingham, it was his fourth home run in a week. For Mauer and Morneau, each aiming to return to prior glory after tough 2011 seasons, those were their first home runs. Don't sell high yet.
• Meanwhile, Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano allowed six runs (five earned) and seven hits in five innings. Five of the runs came in the second inning, so Liriano improved after that, but his ERA stands at an even 10.00 after two outings, with decreasing velocity likely an issue. His spring ERA: 2.33 with 33 strikeouts and five walks. In April: 6 K's, 5 walks. Don't pay attention to spring stats.
Jesse Johnson/US PresswireSo much for Francisco Liriano's strong spring ...