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September 30, 2010 | Wire reports
The injury-plagued Minnesota Twins got a dose of encouraging news Thursday when Joe Mauer , who sat out for 10 days because of tissue inflammation in his left knee, started against the Toronto Blue Jays as the designated hitter. He is expected to be the starting catcher Friday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy , who had missed the previous four games because of a swollen left knee, also started. Meanwhile, first baseman Justin Morneau took batting and fielding practice as he continues to recover from postconcussion syndrome.
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July 24, 2013 | Bill Shaikin
The Angels face a short-term question and a long-term question with Joe Blanton. The short-term question: Does he make his next scheduled start? On the day after Blanton failed to complete six innings for the fourth consecutive start, Manager Mike Scioscia refused to commit to another one. "Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be," Scioscia said Tuesday. "Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher.
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March 21, 2010 | Wire reports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is staying home. The AL MVP agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with Minnesota on Sunday that includes a full no-trade clause, a massive deal that shows the Twins are no longer spending like a small-market club. The deal covers the 2011-2018 seasons and is the fourth largest — both in total value and average salary — in major league history. Starting next season, the All-Star catcher will make $23 million a year.
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April 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS - A rotation that Angels Manager Mike Scioscia calls the "heartbeat of the club" is in desperate need of a defibrillator. Jason Vargas delivered another stinker of a start Tuesday night, giving up five runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings of an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. That left the rotation with a major league-worst 6.07 earned-run average and the Angels with a 4-10 record, matching their 1961 start for worst in franchise history.
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August 29, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Mauer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He played high school ball there and spent all nine seasons of his major league career with the Twins, earning an American League MVP award and making four playoff appearances along the way. And now the Twins reportedly have put him on trade waivers?! Fox Sports is reporting that an anonymous major league source says the team placed their star catcher on waivers Tuesday, giving teams until 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday to place a claim on him. That's the kind of thing that happens when a team has the worst record in the American League (52-77)
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August 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Joe Mauer had a new power partner Tuesday night, and the combination helped the Minnesota Twins defeat the Texas Rangers. With AL RBI leader Justin Morneau sidelined by an ear infection, Mauer homered twice and Delmon Young had a go-ahead two-run homer to lead the Twins to a 9-6 win. Minnesota piled up 12 hits and eight runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings in rallying from a 5-0 deficit. The loss dropped Texas into a tie with Boston for the wild-card lead. -- associated press
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December 11, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
UCLA-bound Malcolm Jones of Oaks Christian High has been selected the Gatorade national player of the year in football. The official announcement is scheduled for this morning at the Westlake Village campus. Joe Mauer, the American League MVP from the Minnesota Twins who was the Gatorade football player of the year in 2000-01, was expected to surprise Jones in his fourth-period class with the news. Jones, a running back-linebacker, has scored 109 touchdowns in his four-year prep career.
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August 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Marlon Byrd drove in three runs and Texas defeated Minnesota, 8-5, Monday. Josh Hamilton had two hits and scored twice, and David Murphy drove in two runs for the Rangers, who led, 7-2, after the second inning. Tommy Hunter (6-2) won his third consecutive start, giving up four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Twins All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau left in the fourth inning after experiencing dizziness. Joe Mauer was three for five and hit a home run for the Twins.
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September 21, 2009 | Associated Press
Placido Polanco drove in three runs, Detroit's bullpen pitched four shutout innings and the Tigers avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-2 win against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday to increase their AL Central lead to three games. Ryan Raburn homered for slumping Detroit, which won for the second time in six games and fourth in 13. Minnesota, which had won six straight, got two hits from Joe Mauer, who increased his batting average to a major league-best .374. The teams meet again for four games in Detroit beginning Sept.
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August 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Chicago 2, at Oakland 1: John Danks pitched six effective innings to win his fifth consecutive decision on the road. He also lowered his road earned-run average to 2.54, third-best in the league. at New York 3, Kansas City 2 (13 innings): Brett Gardner singled through the left side of the infield with two out in the 13th, driving in Robinson Cano. at Minnesota 7, Seattle 6: Joe Mauer scored the winning run with one out in the ninth inning on Brian Buscher's sacrifice fly. at Detroit 5, Baltimore 3: Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen hit home runs in the fourth inning to help Justin Verlander win for the first time in almost a month.
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April 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
MINNEAPOLIS - Maybe it was a desert mirage, that 2.37 earned-run average in four spring starts, the 13 strikeouts and no walks in 19 innings, but somewhere between Arizona and the regular season, Joe Blanton lost his pinpoint command and ability to put hitters away. The Angels right-hander was pounded again Monday night, allowing four runs and nine hits - including two home runs - in 42/3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Solo homers by Peter Bourjos in the first inning and Brendan Harris in the third provided hope for the Angels on a chilly 38-degree night, but the offense went into a deep freeze and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, dropping them to a major league-worst .129 (12 for 93)
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August 29, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Mauer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He played high school ball there and spent all nine seasons of his major league career with the Twins, earning an American League MVP award and making four playoff appearances along the way. And now the Twins reportedly have put him on trade waivers?! Fox Sports is reporting that an anonymous major league source says the team placed their star catcher on waivers Tuesday, giving teams until 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday to place a claim on him. That's the kind of thing that happens when a team has the worst record in the American League (52-77)
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June 18, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
You'll never guess which team is tied for the most wins — and has by far the best earned-run average — in the majors this month. Give up? It's the Minnesota Twins, who lost their first game in June, then won 12 of the next 14. And in their last four games heading into the weekend, Twins starters have allowed just three runs, getting complete games from Carl Pavano and Scott Baker, a seven-inning no-hitter from Francisco Liriano and eight shutout innings from Nick Blackburn.
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September 30, 2010 | Wire reports
The injury-plagued Minnesota Twins got a dose of encouraging news Thursday when Joe Mauer , who sat out for 10 days because of tissue inflammation in his left knee, started against the Toronto Blue Jays as the designated hitter. He is expected to be the starting catcher Friday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy , who had missed the previous four games because of a swollen left knee, also started. Meanwhile, first baseman Justin Morneau took batting and fielding practice as he continues to recover from postconcussion syndrome.
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July 11, 2010 | By David Wharton
The ballots kept rolling in, the numbers adding up, until Joe Mauer realized that he had more All-Star votes than any other player in baseball. More than Derek Jeter or Albert Pujols. More than there are people living in the state of Minnesota, where Mauer grew up and now plays pro ball. Suffice to say, the Twins' catcher, arriving in Anaheim for Tuesday night's game, has 5,372,606 reasons to be pleasantly surprised. "Minnesota is not the biggest market in the world," he said.
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May 9, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
The 2011 All-Star Game, which has been awarded to Arizona, continues to be a flashpoint for activists opposed to that state's harsh new immigration law. Congressman Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) was among the first to call on Commissioner Bud Selig to move the game if the law is allowed to stand. And while both players and their union have also spoken out, Selig has so far remained silent. "Bud Selig should show some leadership instead of waiting for things to happen around him. Baseball's silence on this has been deafening," said Doug Gordon , a vice president at Fenton Communications, the nation's largest public-interest communications firm, which last week collected 50,000 signatures on a petition asking Selig to relocate next summer's exhibition.
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April 5, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Minnesota (88-75) Open-air Target Field replaces Metrodome next season. Today's forecast: snow showers, high of 36. Cleveland (81-81) Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez combined for 49 HRs and 214 RBIs in 2007, then 7 HRs and 62 RBIs in 2008. Chi. White Sox (89-74) Most powerful heart of order -- Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome -- combined for 104 HRs last year. Kansas City (75-87) David DeJesus led majors last season by hitting .419 with runners in scoring position (.279 otherwise)
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August 16, 2009 | Pete Iacobelli, Iacobelli writes for the Associated Press.
Catcher Tim Federowicz was impressed with everything John Smoltz had to offer in his minor league rehab assignment. The All-Star ace brought a lot to the plate: fastball and slider -- steak, ribs and fixin's, too. Federowicz twice was called on this spring by the Class A Greenville Drive as Smoltz worked his way up to the Boston Red Sox. The second-year catcher discovered a patient, friendly and accommodating star, plus a generous, heaping postgame...
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May 8, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
The 2011 All-Star game, which has been awarded to Arizona, continues to be a flashpoint for activists opposed to that state's harsh new immigration law. Congressman Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) was among the first to call on Commissioner Bud Selig to move the game if the law is allowed to stand. And although both players and their union have also spoken out, Selig has so far remained silent. "Bud Selig should show some leadership instead of waiting for things to happen around him. Baseball's silence on this has been deafening," said Doug Gordon , a vice president at Fenton Communications, the nation's largest public-interest communications firm, which last week collected 50,000 signatures on a petition asking Selig to relocate next summer's exhibition.
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March 21, 2010 | Wire reports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is staying home. The AL MVP agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with Minnesota on Sunday that includes a full no-trade clause, a massive deal that shows the Twins are no longer spending like a small-market club. The deal covers the 2011-2018 seasons and is the fourth largest — both in total value and average salary — in major league history. Starting next season, the All-Star catcher will make $23 million a year.
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