MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer had three hits and an RBI and the Minnesota Twins bullpen pitched 4 2-3 innings of scoreless relief in a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Mauer had two singles, a double and a walk to improve his batting average to .333, second in the AL behind the Angels' Mike Trout. Ryan Doumit added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the series against the slumping Orioles. Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, but Zach Britton gave up four runs on six hits with a career-high six walks in four innings as the O's dropped their third in a row to fall 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Jones was at the plate with a runner on in the ninth, but Jared Burton struck him out for his third save. Alex Burnett (3-2) pitched an inning for the win and Luis Ayala (2-3) gave up two runs on five hits in 2 2-3 innings for the loss. The game was tied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Jamey Carroll and Denard Span reached on back-to-back singles. Shortstop J.J. Hardy's errant throw got past Mark Reynolds at first base on a play that was ruled a hit for Span and an error that allowed Carroll to advance to third. With new life, Ben Revere's bloop single gave the Twins a 5-4 lead and Mauer followed with a single that tailed just past a diving Hardy's glove to make it 6-4. It's been quite a bounce-back season for Mauer, who suffered through numerous ailments last season in the first of an eight-year, 184 million contract. The injuries contributed to a career-worst season for the All-Star catcher and turned many of his hometown fans against him. He hit just .287 with three homers and 30 RBIs in 82 games last season, but has been the model of durability this year. He played in his 82nd game on Tuesday night, mixing his time between catcher, first base and DH while resuming his role as one of the game's best hitters. He also made a brilliant defensive play in the sixth, pouncing out of his crouch and laying out to snare a popped up bunt attempt from Ryan Flaherty. Jeff Gray, Tyler Robertson, Burnett and Glen Perkins combined to get the ball to Burton after a surprising pitching duel between Britton and Samuel Deduno fizzled quickly in the fifth. Britton was making his season debut after a long road of recovery from shoulder problems. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy in March and didn't start pitching in the minor leagues until being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on June 6. Britton gave up a run on a double by Jamey Carroll that tied the game in the fourth inning and was knocked out of the game in the fifth after back-to-back walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Doumit followed with a two-run single off of Luis Ayala and Brian Dozier's RBI single tied the game at 4. Deduno threw a pickoff attempt away in the first inning, then bounced a breaking ball for a wild pitch to allow Nick Markakis to score. The right-hander really settled down next three innings but didn't make it out of the fifth. He walked Markakis and Jim Thome and served up a three-run blast to Jones, his 21st of the season, that made it 4-1. Deduno gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings. NOTES: The Orioles had a web gem of their own in the eighth when Reynolds tracked a foul ball back toward the seats and made the catch as he tumbled into the stands to retire Dozier. ... Mauer's single in the seventh gave him 1,198 hits for his career, moving him past Chuck Knoblauch for eighth in franchise history. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter said they wouldn't rush 2B Brian Roberts' decision on whether to have surgery to repair a groin injury that put the oft-injured Roberts on the DL on July 3. "It's a pretty serious decision," Showalter said. "Surgery takes him out for the year." ... Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single in the second. ... Twins RHP Carl Pavano (shoulder) continues to show improvement while playing long toss. He threw on Tuesday and plans to again on Thursday and Saturday before throwing off of a mound on Sunday, if all goes well. ... The Twins will go to LHP Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.93) on Wednesday night in the third gamer of the series. Liriano has been superb since rejoining the rotation and struck out 15 in his previous start. He'll face Orioles RHP Tommy Hunter (3-4, 6.11), who is being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start.
The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!
After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
The pre-draft workout process can be an exhausting journey for players, with so many flights, hotel rooms and NBA arenas that they can all blend in together. Michigan big man Moritz Wagner, though, may have felt a sense of comfort in Washington for his pre-draft workout for the Wizards on Wednesday.
It was just over a year ago that his Michigan Wolverines cut down the nets at Capital One Arena as champions of the Big Ten conference.
"It was good memories, man. Never gets old," he said while glancing around the stadium.
Wagner, 21, will be seeing a lot more of Capital One Arena once he joins the NBA ranks and it is conceivable he ends up in Washington. They hold the 15th pick in the first round and the 44th pick in the second round and Wagner could be within their reach.
Wagner had an impressive workout in Washington and could provide what the Wizards need. He is a big, mobile and can spread the floor. Wagner was terrific at stepping out to hit threes off pick-and-rolls at Michigan and that ability would work well with Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall.
Wagner measured in at just under 7-feet at this month's NBA Combine, fifth-tallest among those who attended. He averaged 14.6 points as a junior this past season and made 39.4 percent of his threes on 4.1 attempts per game.
With three years of college experience and an NBA-ready jumper, Wagner believes he can step right in and help the Wizards.
"I think what we did at Michigan, sharing the ball and playing as a team, very organized basketball, that can help big-time," he said. "It's basically pro basketball I was playing on a different level."
As Wagner will tell you, he is very confident in his abilities. He is comfortable in his own skin and that includes openly discussing his faults. He feels good about his ability to score at the next level. Defense is where he needs to prove himself.
Despite his size, Wagner wasn't much of a rim protector in college. He averaged just a half-block a game as a junior. The Wizards need rim protection badly and he likely would not provide that.
Wagner, though, believes he can bring more to the table defensively than the numbers would suggest.
"I think I've been an offensive guy all of my life, but the more that you mature as a player, you understand that both sides are important. Without defense, you aren't going to play at any level," he said.
"I think the most important thing that I wasn't able to show in college is that I'm able to switch the ball-screen, especially with the way the league is going. Switch on everything and stay in front of guards as a big guy."
Wagner is from Germany and looks up to Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki, who is entering his 21st season and will be in the Hall of Fame someday. Nowitzki's game has always been built around shooting and, though he developed into a decent shot-blocker in his prime, was never an elite rim protector.
Wagner hopes to follow in his footsteps playing a similar style.
"He was my MJ. He kind of shows you 'okay, this is possible and this is doable.' It's just basketball," Wagner said. "It gives you a lot of hope. It gives you a lot of belief and motivation."
Hear more from Wagner in his one-on-one interview with Chris Miller in our latest Wizards Tipoff podcast. His interview can also be found in the video above:
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