Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 5 days ago

Mauer is out of the lineup Saturday, ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla reports.

He hit his first home run of the year earlier this week and will get a rare day off Saturday. Trevor Plouffe will get the start at first base and hit third.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 1 week ago

Mauer went 2-for-6 in Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh, with his 13th-inning homer -- his first of the year -- providing the difference.

If you've been wondering where Mauer's power has been, well, 2009 was a long time ago. Still, he's hitting a respectable .284 and has managed to drive in plenty of runs without hitting the ball out of the yard, as his 24 RBI in 39 games have him on pace to clear 90 for the season.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 3 weeks ago

Mauer is out of the lineup Thursday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal reports.

This appears to be just a standard day off for Neal, with Kennys Vargas slotting in as the first baseman. Mauer has been a staple in the Twins' lineup this season and is getting on base at a .361 clip.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 1 month ago

Mauer went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

The nice day lifted his average to .300 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. Mauer has certainly had no problem getting on base, with a .380 OBP, but his slugging percentage is just barely higher than that at .388, as he's still looking for his first homer of the year.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 1 month ago

Mauer went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and three RBI in Sunday's victory over the Mariners.

Sunday's effort raised Mauer's batting average on the season to .299. He also owns a healthy .392 OBP, but isn't doing much in the extra-base hit department, owning just three doubles, the triple, and zero home runs through 18 games.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 1 month ago

Mauer went 1-for-4 with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Mauer's been collecting hits pretty steadily -- nine in nine games -- but just as last year, his power's been absent. Exactly none of his hits have gone for extra bases, and Mauer's best fantasy asset at this point is the fact that he bats third in the Twins' lineup.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 2 months ago

Mauer will hit in the No. 3 spot in the batting order this season despite manager Paul Molitor experimenting with Mauer in the No. 2 spot this spring, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mauer is healthy this spring and has had a normal offseason after he was limited by concussion issues last winter. He's hitting just .237 with a home run this spring. While spring stats don't mean much for a veteran with a set starting job, his spring hasn't added much to the idea he'll bounce back from the worst season of his career at the plate.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 2 months ago

Mauer batted second in the order in Wednesday's split squad loss to Baltimore with Brian Dozier hitting third. Manager Paul Molitor has said he's considering Mauer for the No. 2 spot in the order but won't bat him leadoff, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mauer's combination of a high OBP and low home run totals would make him a better fit at the top of the order. Molitor doesn't feel he's fast enough to hit leadoff, even though Mauer's .401 OBP is third among active players and he rates well as a baserunner by advanced metrics. Mauer is hitting just 3-for-16, but there's little to read into his spring stats as a veteran with a secure starting job.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 8 months ago

Mauer (elbow) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

After sitting out Wednesday to rest his elbow, Mauer is expected to slot back in at first base or DH for the Twins' final four games of the season. While his presence in the lineup is reassuring for fantasy owners fighting tooth and nail for every run and RBI they can find, Mauer's contributions this season will end up going down as a huge disappointment. His .276 batting average and four home runs represent the lowest outputs of his career for seasons in which he's logged 500 plate appearances.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 8 months ago

Manager Ron Gardenhire intends for Mauer (elbow) to play in all four games of the Twins' final series against the Tigers, which starts Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Gardenhire is operating under the desire to play spoiler as the Tigers are fighting for a Central Division title. After getting an anticipated day off Wednesday, the hope is that the swelling in Mauer's elbow has died down enough for him to slot in at first base or as the designated hitter, so it's not yet time to cut ties with him in fantasy leagues.