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7 Joe Mauer 1B
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 4/19/1983 | Birthplace: St. Paul, MN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $23,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 58/36 | Average Draft Position: 211.02
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Twins' Joe Mauer will not start despite six-game hit streak


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer will not start against the White Sox on Saturday despite being in the midst of a six-game hit streak.

Mauer, who is hitting .333/.360/.500 with eight hits and six RBI in his last six games, is getting a scheduled day off, per MLB.com.

Trevor Plouffe -- replacing Mauer -- will make just his second start at first base this season.


Twins' Joe Mauer slugs first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 2 for 6 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3, 13-inning win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Mauer's 13th-inning home run put his team ahead before closer Glen Perkins slammed the door in the bottom half of the inning. It was the first home run of the season for Mauer, who has put together a five-game hit streak and has collected five RBI in his last three games.

"I was just waiting until we played the 13th to do it," Mauer said, per MLB.com. "I knew I hit it well. I was just hoping it was high enough with that high wall out there. I'm glad it came in a big spot."

Mauer's hitting .284/.341/.381 with 24 RBI in 155 at-bats.


Joe Mauer drives in three runs for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. 

Mauer went 1 for 4 and scored once. He moved to 23 RBI on the season. 


Twins' Joe Mauer yet to hit stride vs. RHP


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has hit just .253/.320/.299 with nine RBI in 87 at-bats.

In a reversal of last year's splits, Mauer has been much better against lefties, delivering a .328/.381/.466 line against southpaws in 58 at-bats. However, he has yet to pick up a home run against any pitcher, and his .709 OPS would be his lowest career mark over a full season. After a nice April, the first baseman has hit just .233/.270/.300 in 60 May at-bats.


Twins 1B Joe Mauer gets first day off of 2015 on Thursday vs. A's


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer received his first day off this year, as he was held out of Thursday's starting lineup against the A's. Mauer, whose last day off came on September 24, is sporting a .287 batting average this season but has yet to record his first home run of 2015.

Kennys Vargas took over at first base on Thursday, while Torii Hunter was the team's designated hitter on Thursday.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he'd been looking for a chance to give Mauer a rest, according to the Star Tribune.


Twins' Joe Mauer has aggressive approach, pulling the ball more


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has adopted a more aggressive approach at the plate this year. As a result, he's using more of the field, something Mauer has been working on since spring training. 

Mauer has pulled more than a third of his hits to right field this season, compared to 22 percent in his career leading up to this year. 

"We talked about this in spring training. It's more of a physical thing than anything, just being able to move and being able to get to those pitches," Mauer said, per Fox Sports. "I've always had that approach of trying to spray the field. It's no different this year."

Mauer is swinging earlier in the count this year, which is helping to put pitchers on the defensive. 

"For a long time, pitchers just threw strike one to Joe without fear of repercussion," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's causing pause in that regard for opposing pitchers."

Mauer is hitting .302 this year with 13 RBI. 


Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas switch positions for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) For the fourth time this season, Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas will switch positions to give Mauer a day off from the field. 

Mauer will play designated hitter for the Twins in Sunday's game, while Vargas will play first base. It's the second time in five games and third in the last nine that the two players have flip-flopped positions. 


Twins' Joe Mauer totals three hits in win over White Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Joe Mauer put together another stellar performance from the plate in the Twins' 12-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday. 

Mauer went 3 for 5, marking the second consecutive game he's posted three hits. He totaled two RBI, giving him 13 for the season. He also recorded his sixth double of the season and scored a run. 

Mauer is now hitting .318/.392/.412. 


Twins' Joe Mauer totals 2 RBI in loss to Tigers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Joe Mauer had a great day at the plate, going 3 for 5 in the Twins' 10-7 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. 

Mauer totaled two RBI, bringing in one run in the fourth inning on a double and later hitting an RBI single in the fifth. Mauer's double in the fourth was his fifth for the season. Mauer scored two runs as well. 

He's now hitting .300/.380/.388. 


Twins' Paul Molitor considering Joe Mauer in leadoff role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor is looking for a spark at the top of the batting order. He thinks that spark may be in his top player, Joe Mauer, according to MLB.com.

"I had him potentially doing that," Molitor said. "I had him also hitting second behind [Brian] Dozier. There were points made regarding Dozier's propensity to be able to score runs last year and Joe hit behind him quite a bit, so we talked about different combinations of how to get those guys in there."

Mauer has never hit lead off in his career.

"You can go to your sabermetrics experts and a lot of times they're going to come up with Joe at the top of the lineup, and I understand that. How that would play in terms of him getting a chance to get hits with men in scoring position and do some other things that he's been doing pretty well, I'm not sure."

Mauer is hitting .271 with five RBI in 59 at-bats this season.


Joe Mauer to DH for Twins, Kennys Vargas at first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas swapped positions for the Twins on Saturday. Mauer, who has started 14 of the team's 16 games at first base, will play designated hitter. Vargas, who has been the DH for 13 games, will play first. 

It's the second start at first base this season for Vargas and Mauer's third time at DH. 

The Twins are +145 money line underdogs at Seattle. 


Twins' Joe Mauer limited to one extra-base hit in first two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer owns a .273 batting average after two weeks but has been limited to just one extra-base hit in his first 12 games.

Mauer had been limited to singles before going 2 for 4 with a double Saturday. He owns a .273/.353/.295 line in 44 at-bats. The first baseman managed just four home runs in 455 at-bats last season and could be in for another low-power season this year.


Twins' Oswaldo Arcia, Kennys Vargas out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and designated hitter Kennys Vargas are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against lefty Chris Sale and the White Sox.

The team is going righty-heavy against Sale, with Joe Mauer, who is serving as the team's designated hitter Sunday, the only lefty in the lineup. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe moves across the diamond to play first base, while Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez enter the lineup in place of Arcia and Vargas.

The Twins are underdogs (+135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Molitor: Mauer could get occasional break from the field this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters he plans to give first baseman Joe Mauer an occasional break from the field throughout the season, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Saturday.

"Probably more DH-ing than sitting," Molitor said. "If Joe is healthy, I want him to play. I've told him that. We'll see how it goes. You don't expect him to play 162. We're all hoping Joe stays healthy, and we're going to try to play him as much as we can as long as he feels like he can go out there and help our team."


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins' Joe Mauer improving power to right field


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Twins catcher/first baseman Joe Mauer has put in extra time this spring working with hitting instructor Tom Brunansky, in the hopes of improving his power to right field.

"I know he's been spending time with Tom working on that," manager Paul Molitor said, per MLB.com. "Whether it's a runner on first and trying to pull the ball hard, or getting into counts and then turning it loose. I know he's added a little more confidence in that swing. He can keep people more honest by doing things at different times, but at the same time not making drastic changes to who he is." 

Maurer is hitting .229 with a home run and five RBI this spring. 


Joe Mauer hits first spring homer for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring on Saturday. 

Maurer's two-run shot in the fourth was the highlight of a two for three performance. He lifted his spring average to .229. 


Twins not expecting to bat Joe Mauer in leadoff spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer enters the 2015 season with a career .401 on-base percentage. Despite his ability to get on base at a high rate, new manager Paul Molitor is giving little thought to batting Mauer leadoff, per the Pioneer Press.

"I know Joe is interchangeable from two or three, and some people might tell you one," Molitor said Tuesday. "I'm a little more traditional. I know on-base is big, and I like on-base, but I like havoc, too. I like guys that can stir things up and be a threat to score because of what they can do on the bases."


Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, MLB.com reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.


Twins' Molitor: Joe Mauer won't hit lower than third in lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor is still settling on where first baseman Joe Mauer will bat in the lineup in 2015. However, he said Thursday that Mauer won't hit lower than third.

"I've toyed with how different things might shake, but it's hard to be presumptuous because we have a few positions where we don't know who that will be," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "It might influence what happens. I don't think he's going to have to worry about being anywhere on the backside of three.

"We have some people who can do things at the top of our lineup with Brian (Dozier) and Danny (Santana) up top. But I'm going to try to give some guys different opportunities to hit in different spots just to see how it goes. I think as we get to closer to the end, I'll have more of an idea of who I want to hit where."


Twins' Joe Mauer says his legs feel strong heading into 2015


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said his legs feel strong heading into 2015, according to the Star Tribune.

Mauer was able to fully participate in an offseason training program after injuries prevented him from doing so last year. Mauer said his left knee, which has given him trouble in the past, feels strong now. :It’s tough to hit when the knee I’ve had problems with isn’t right," Mauer said. "That’s where you get your power from and the ball jumps. I feel good. I’m excited to get out there."

The 31-year-old Mauer is coming off a season in which he hit .277/.361/.371 over 455 at-bats.


Twins' Joe Mauer says he is in 'good place' heading into spring


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said he feels great physically after being able to spend the entire offseason working out and not recovering from an injury, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Mauer spent last offseason recovering from a concussion, but it appears spending the entire the offseason working out has paid off for Mauer.

"I haven't had an offseason like this in a long time," Mauer said. "Made some great strides in the gym."

In 2014, Mauer hit .277 with four home runs and 55 RBI in 455 at-bats.


Joe Mauer able to return Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup Thursday.

Mauer is dealing with an elbow issue. He's set to hit third and play first base during the game. Mauer is hitting .276/.362/.370 over 438 at-bats. 


Joe Mauer set to sit Wednesday against Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) A right elbow contusion sustained on a hit-by-pitch Tuesday night has kept Twins first baseman Joe Mauer out of the lineup Wednesday against Arizona.

Mauer is considered day-to-day. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.


Joe Mauer exits game with elbow bruise


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was removed from Tuesday's game with a right elbow contusion, the team announced.

Mauer was hit by a pitch in the first inning, causing the injury. He's day-to-day moving forward.