"I liked how it worked out last year, and I think he did too," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Mauer. "But I also know that Joe likes to catch. More than anything else, we had a unique situation with Mourny last year where I wanted to give Mourny some more DH days and give Joe the opportunity to play first base and DH and not kill him behind the plate.
"But the season is going to dictate how we do that. I do know this: We have to keep him in the lineup, and whatever it takes to keep him in our lineup that is what we are going to do."