3:12 AM EST, Wed November 25, 2015

Twins' pursuit of Byung-ho Park not about Joe Mauer

It's about Kennys Vargas, and putting together a powerhouse middle of the lineup, and maybe freeing some young outfielders up for trade.

Charley Walters: Twins' Joe Mauer isn't looking too far ahead

Seated in the front row of Torii Hunter's emotional public farewell as a Minnesota Twin at Target Field last week was Joe Mauer, who was there to salute a beloved teammate on his retirement as a wonderful player.

Twinsights: Justin Morneau pays his respects to Torii Hunter

In town for his infant daughter’s baptism, Justin Morneau made a point of attending Torii Hunter’s retirement news conference on Thursday morning at Target Field. He sat in the first row next to Joe Mauer and Katrina Hunter, Torii’s wife. “I want to thank Mauer and Morneau, my two youngsters that I really crushed,” Torii Hunter said. “Morneau, you were unexpected. I love that brother right there. He’s one of my kids. He’s not a kid. He’s grown now.” A decade ago, Morneau and Hunter had an infamous dustup in which Hunter took a swing at the cocky young slugger […] The...

Joe Mauer on Torii Hunter, Morneau, leadership and more

Seated in the front row of Torii Hunter’s retirement news conference Thursday — catching the 40-year-old Hunter by surprise — were both Joe Mauer and ex-Twin Justin Morneau. With Mauer and Morneau sitting next to each other, it felt like 2006 all over again, when they were roommates who routinely ate about 10 pounds of Jimmy John’s sandwiches (each) per week. A ton has obviously changed since then. Hunter departed, then returned seven years later, and is now retired. Morneau and Mauer have both battled concussions since then, with Morneau moving on and Mauer staying in...

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