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The Franchise is Back

Published by on May 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

With one swing, the hope everywhere in Minnesota arose.

On Friday, Joe Mauer dug in the batter's box for the first time this season. He then proceeded to hit a home run in only his third pitch seen in the big leagues this year.

Mauer, who started the season on the disabled list, was activated prior to Friday's game and hit his first circuit clout of the season in a 7-5 win against the Royals.

The moment seemed so incredible, and many were in awe. The crowd gave him the biggest ovation I have heard since Torii Hunter's return to Minnesota in the 2008 opener.

Mauer's bat will improve the Twins' lineup, which has been quite disappointing so far, leading to their 12-11 record. His presence in...

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