A JOLT OF JOE JOE MAUER RETURNED TO THE TWINS LINEUP FRIDAY NIGHT. A LOOK AT HIS HIGHLIGHTS:

• The crowd reaction: The reports of a strong booing contingent were greatly exaggerated. Fans overwhelmingly cheered his first at-bat.

• Getting it started: A lot happened before and after Mauer's first at-bat, but his RBI single drove in the first run of a five-run first inning.

• Behind the plate: Mauer helped Brian Duensing -- who had a 7.01 ERA in his previous eight starts -- produce six strong innings.