Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/24/12

Minnesota Twins Alexi Casillia celebrated with Joe Mauer who hit a three-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday, July 31, 2009. (Bruce Bisping/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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The retaliation was sure to follow as soon as Twins star catcher Joe Mauer was drilled in the back by Rangers starter Roy Oswalt.On a 3-0 pitch, Oswalt who is averaging just 1.8 walks per nine innings this season threw a pitch up and in to Mauer in the top of the third inning. The pitch hit Minnesota's catcher and it appeared to be intentional, although Oswalt denied after the Rangers' 10-6 win that he was trying to hit Mauer."I was trying to get him out in and just dropped my elbow," Oswalt said. "I don't know the reason why the ball's coming back on the left side of the plate. I can keep it true on the right side, but the left side I can't really keep it true. I dropped my elbow and it kind of sailed on me."In the bottom half of the third inning, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond threw a pitch that sailed behind the head of Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton on the first pitch of the at-bat. Without warning, Diamond Minnesota's best pitcher this season was ejected by home plate umpir...
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