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Article: Twins Promote 8 for September

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:18 PM
The Minnesota Twins announced that they will promote eight players from AAA Rochester for September. In recent days, we have seen the Twi...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/31): Rochester Elim...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:47 PM
The Rochester Red Wings are hanging on to every last shred of their playoff lives. They squeaked out a win on Saturday to remain within t...
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A Suggestion by Souhan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:47 PM
Jim Souhan posted four moves he'd make right now if he was in charge.  What say you to each?   I give the first three (especial...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 9/1 @ 12:35pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:46 PM
Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 85...
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More Astros mess

More Baseball Today, 12:48 PM
Man, the Astros are the team that never stops giving.  Now there are reports that the GM and manager don't get along - to the point...
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Mauer Making a Statement?

Attached Image: mauer.jpg The Twins have played 18 games this year, and Joe Mauer has been in the starting lineup for every single one. That's right – you might not have noticed, but the embattled catcher has not taken a day off this season after missing half of the 2011 campaign due to various ailments.
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This is the longest Mauer has even gone into a season without stopping to rest, and it's not like the early schedule has been particularly forgiving, with only one day off and plenty of travel. Granted, Mauer has been catching much less frequently than normal -- he's been behind the plate for only 10 games -- but nevertheless, this iron man stands in stark contrast to the guy who last year drew the ire of media, fans and reportedly even some teammates for his inability or unwillingness to stay on the field.

It seems that No. 7 is making a statement.

Fortunately, his bat is starting to back up that message. Mauer stumbled out to a slow start, batting .242 with a .675 OPS and nearly as many GIDP (4) as RBI (5) through Minnesota's first nine games. Since the start of the Yankees series, however, Mauer is hitting .382/.475/.471 with three doubles and five walks. He's stopped putting everything on the ground and he's even stolen a couple bases – an indication that his legs are feeling pretty good. He's struck out just three times in his past 46 plate appearances.

Mauer's overall production hasn't been extraordinary, but it's extremely encouraging to see him pushing his batting average up over .300 and consistently taking quality at-bats. April is historically one of his quieter months, so if he can continue to heat up as the weather does the same, he could find himself once again grouped with the league's top hitters.

The Twins have already had plenty of things go wrong this year, but getting Mauer back on track was always the top priority. It appears that he's well on his way, and Ron Gardenhire deserves credit for moving him around and keeping him fresh enough to take the field each day.


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