First things first

Brian Matusz had gotten through his first four starts without allowing a hit to a left-handed hitter, but that trend ended in the first inning Tuesday night. Matusz, who had held lefties to 0-for-8 before Tuesday, retired Denard Span but gave up a hit to Joe Mauer.

Matusz came right back to strike out Justin Morneau, another left-handed hitter. Manager Dave Trembley said before the game that he’d be interested to watch those matchups.

“I think for Matusz it’s going to be pitch ahead, stay away from the walk,” he said. “It probably would be to his advantage if those big guys don’t come up with men on base. There’s not too many times you’re going to get Mauer to take an oh-fer. And Morneau was probably just getting back into it after missing a few days. I’d expect today he’d be a ball of fire.”

— Spencer Fordin


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