The Minnesota Twins may be struggling this season, but 2012 has been a return to form for catcher Joe Mauer.
On Saturday night in Fenway Park, the five-time All-Star providedfurther evidence that hes back after an injury-ravaged 2011 season. With the Twins trailing in the ninth inning, he calmly worked a 3-2 count with two outs, then hammered an opposite-field three-run home run over the famed Green Monster.
Twins 6, Red Sox 4. "I just tried to stay short and to the ball," Mauer said of his game-winning swing. "He left a fastball up, and I got some good wood on it."
Mauer, now hitting .320, then credited teammates like the exuberant Ben Revere, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games as the Twins won a third consecutive game in a series at Boston for the first time since 1994.
The Twins trailed, 4-2, entering the ninth inning Saturday. Down, 2-2, in the count in his final at-bat, Mauer took a pitch from Alfredo Aceves that was perilously close to the strike zon...