Joe Mauer’s Triumphant Return to the Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer

It was fitting that Joe Mauer knocked in a runner with a single during his first plate appearance on Friday after coming back from bilateral leg weakness. It was a story book beginning for the Minnesota Twin who is head and shoulders above the rest.

Okay, I’ll stop.

The club jumped out to a six to one lead against the Padres on Friday before having to hang on, only winning by one run. Matt Capps picked up his tenth save in the process. Mauer isn’t the only notable player returning to the line-up.

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The Minnesota Twins Actually Do Have a Pulse

Minnesota Twins Designated Hitter Jim Thome

Minnesota sports fans only had the Twins on the horizon this spring. The Vikings had a horrible NFL draft again; the Timberwolves are on the verge of contraction, and the Wild missed the playoffs. The Twins rewarded this total attention with a start that had them buried twenty games under .500.

Fans were shocked when they opened the Star Tribune or the Pioneer Press in the morning to find that their team was miserably in last place while the Indians and Royals were on the other end of the AL Central. Now, the public can breathe a sigh of relief with the recent play of the club.

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Now or Never for the Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins Designated Hitter Jim Thome

At the time of this blog the Twins have only won nine of twenty-five games this season. There is also a surprise in the American League East cellar with the Boston Red Sox currently as its occupant.

The recent absence of Jim Thome from the line-up has taken out some of its pop. The wildness of the pitchers is a major concern. One of the aspects of Twins baseball has been to throw the ball over the plate and to keep it down. If this is not occurring, then some disastrous results are on the horizon because the club does not have the type of pitchers with the stuff to walk numerous batters and make up for it with strikeouts.

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Well Played, Mauer! Already Best Minnesota Twin Ever?

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer recently picked up Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards for his production during the 2010 regular season. This already solidifies him as the top player to ever suit up in a Minnesota Twins uniform. Longevity plays more of a factor in Major League Baseball than in other sports.

Mauer had to play half the season without his fellow M&M boy Justin Morneau and he still managed to acquire a .327 average-nine home runs, and seventy five runs batted in. This is quality production considering that Mauer had more injuries than were publicized. After receiving the honors, Mauer released a few comments hinting that he was banged up for an uncertain period of time while staying in the line-up.

By Patrick Herbert

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