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Apr 22, 2017
KFFL
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer is absent from the starting lineup Saturday, April 22, versus ...

Sano, Tigers pitcher ejected from Twins game after shoving

Sano was replaced at first by Mauer. Incident appears to have started with a third inning Tigers batter hit by a pitch.
KFFL Apr 22, 2017

Twins | Joe Mauer sitting Saturday

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer is absent from the starting lineup Saturday, April 22, versus ...
Twinkie Town Apr 18, 2017
Indians 11, Twins 4: Love is over.

Indians 11, Twins 4: Love is over.

Twins super lose despite Sano’s 4th dong. Indian’s starter Josh Tomlin came into the day with an 18.47 ERA. He left with one that is smaller than that. In classic Phil Hughes style the scoring started almost immediately, giving up 3 runs after a ground-out, fielding error (Max Kepler) and a single. The Twins responded in their half with two of their own, Kepler making amends with a sac-fly scoring Brian Dozier and Robbie “Professional DH” Grossman doubling in Joe Mauer. 3-2 was as close as it was going to get for this one. The Cleveland offense just kept trickling runs in with 2...
Twinkie Town Apr 12, 2017
Tigers 5, Twins 3: Dozier Homers, Twins Lose

Tigers 5, Twins 3: Dozier Homers, Twins Lose

Ladies and Gentlemen, your not first place Minnesota Twins! After a hot start, the Twins might be cooling down, dropping their second game in a row to the Tigers. It remains to be seen exactly how much they cool down. If last year was absolute zero, this must be room temperature. Brian Dozier lead off with his first home run of the season, which has been one of my favorite things in baseball since Jacque Jones always did it. Can’t start much better. In the third, Joe Mauer decided to not be lazy for once in his life and singled in Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler. 3-0 Twins. Kyle, son of Gib...

Jack Morris: Joe Mauer should consider changing his hitting approach

Former Twins pitcher and St. Paul native Jack Morris was on the radio with Dan Barreiro on Tuesday, and the subject inevitably turned to current Twins first baseman and St. Paul native Joe Mauer. Lest you think it was a hot take-fest, it really wasn’t. For the most part, it was a nuanced discussion of Mauer, who turns 34 next week and who started Tuesday on the bench in the midst of a 3 for 18 beginning to his season at the plate. That said, Morris also wasn’t shy with some criticism when asked by Barreiro about what the Twins have planned for Mauer this year. “I don’t think there’s...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 12, 2017
Tigers lineup: Andrew Romine, Tyler Collins starting

Tigers lineup: Andrew Romine, Tyler Collins starting

For the Twins, Joe Mauer is back after a day off. Outfielder Byron Buxton is getting a day off after striking out three times on Tuesday. DETROIT -- Andrew Romine will get the start in center field for the Detroit Tigers Wednesday with right-hander Kyle Gibson starting for the Minnesota Twins. Tyler Collins will also take his normal spot in right field for the Tigers. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who got a day off on Tuesday, is back in the lineup. For the Twins, Joe Mauer is back after a day off. Outfielder Byron Buxton is getting a day off after striking out...

Molitor puts aside injury worries, pencils both catchers into Twins' lineup

With Joe Mauer getting the day off against a lefthander, Chris Gimenez is the unexpected backup infielder.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 11, 2017
Tigers lineup: Justin Upton back in lineup, Dixon Machado starting

Tigers lineup: Justin Upton back in lineup, Dixon Machado starting

For the Twins, Joe Mauer is getting a day off. DETROIT -- Justin Upton has returned to the Detroit Tigers' lineup after missing Monday's game with upper back tightness. Manager Brad Ausmus waited until Upton took batting practice on Tuesday before finalizing his lineup. Upton evidently felt OK. He'll start in left and occupy his normal No. 5 spot in the lineup. Dixon Machado will make his first start of the season at shortstop, giving Jose Iglesias a day off. For the Twins, Joe Mauer is getting a day off.  Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Nicholas...
Twinkie Town Apr 5, 2017
That crazy Twins lineup

That crazy Twins lineup

Opening Day featured a lineup we weren’t used to seeing in recent memory. Will it actually stick? All during Spring Training, we were stuck dreaming on hypotheticals. Who’s going to be in the rotation? Who should be the DH? How is the lineup going to look during the season? Now that the Twins have played their first game, we got our first look at Paul Molitor’s lineup and it was quite a goofy one. If I had shown you this as the Opening Day lineup against Royals lefthander Danny Duffy, you likely wouldn’t have batted an eye. Brian Dozier, 2B Joe Mauer, 1B Max Kepler, RF Miguel...
Twinkie Town Apr 4, 2017
Tuesday Twins: Joe Mauer’s explosive opinion on batting cleanup

Tuesday Twins: Joe Mauer’s explosive opinion on batting cleanup

It’s a beautiful day! Here are the links: When asked what he thought about hitting cleanup in a major league game for the first time in over ten years, Joe Mauer said, “Not much. It was good; worked out pretty well.” Rapper girl Dessa was supposed to sing (rap?) the national anthem before yesterday’s season opener, but called in sick. Maybe if she did this before every game the Twins will go 162-0? Former Twins Randy Bush, Roy Smith, Tom Kelly, Kent Hrbek, Tim Laudner, and Terry Steinbach stuffed themselves in a clown car and drove to Chicago to surprise long-time Twins bullpen...

Twins' lineup? Really?

Joe Mauer in the cleanup spot is the least-logical of these decisions. He hasn’t had a .400-or-better slugging percentage since 2013. He’s not a cleanup hitter, so why pretend he is?
Twinkie Town Mar 31, 2017
Bucking convention, Twins head north with 25 pitchers

Bucking convention, Twins head north with 25 pitchers

“Can never have enough pitching,” says Molitor. Much of the chatter surrounding the Minnesota Twins in spring training revolved around things like who would be the primary DH or who would back up Joe Mauer at first or Jason Castro behind the plate. As it turns out, this chatter missed the forest for the trees, as Minnesota indicated Thursday that their entire 25-man roster would be pitchers. “You saw how the last few seasons have gone here,” said Twins GM Thad Levine. “This team has been hamstrung by a lack of quality pitching more than any other factor. We think, through sheer...
Twinkie Town Mar 30, 2017
Twins 6, Rays 6: Joe Mauer and Jason Castro homer

Twins 6, Rays 6: Joe Mauer and Jason Castro homer

That is not a misprint—Joe actually went the yard today. Hector Sanitago made his last start of the spring today, looking good with only one earned on six hits run over 5.1 innings. Santiago was backed up by dingers from former catcher Joe Mauer and current catcher Jason Castro, but it wasn’t enough for a win, though, since no one really cares and oh my god how is it still spring training!? Ryan Pressly put in some work today and got knocked around by the Rays lineup. Over his, uh, 0.0 innings pitched—because he failed to get even a single out—Pressly gave up two hits and two walks,...

Ryan Pressly falls apart as Rays rally to tie Twins 6-6

The Twins built a 6-1 lead with three home runs before Tampa Bay’s five-run eighth. Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano and Jason Castro homered.
Twinkie Town Mar 28, 2017
Twins 1, Rays 0: ByungHo Park’s solo-shot makes the difference

Twins 1, Rays 0: ByungHo Park’s solo-shot makes the difference

PARK BANG PARK BANG PARK BANG PARK BANG How about that ByungHo Park? He’s had quite the spring this year and was the difference maker today, hitting a solo-dong in the seventh inning to score the one and only run of the game for either side. It was Park’s team-leading fifth home run of the spring. Other than Park’s dinger, Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer both hit doubles. Everything else on the offensive side was pretty much a snooze-fest. The pitching, however? The pitching was good. Nick Tepesch, who I guess is technically still in consideration for the fifth rotation spot, started the...

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