Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Days
Joe Mauer contributed two hits and scored two runs Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Mauer has been striking out more than usual -- 17 times in 14 games -- but he has his average up to .293, and with nine walks mixed in, he's scored 10 runs. That's quite an improvement over his pace from last year, when, despite a .404 OBP, he scored just 62 times in 113 games.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Days
Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Mauer had two of the team's five hits in the game. He got off to a slow start but has turned it on lately, with Sunday representing his fifth multi-hit game in his last eight games. Mauer also stole his first base of the year in the game.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 8 Days
Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season Saturday against the Royals.
Mauer capped off a six-run second inning against James Shields with a three-run homer. It was his first home run since last August 16. Things should only get better from here for the Twins' new regular first baseman.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 10 Days
Joe Mauer went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Athletics.
The Twins' new regular first baseman is off to a bit of a quiet start this season, hitting .250 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) and zero RBI through nine games. However, he still has a shiny .386 on-base percentage. Look for him to get it going soon.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 18 Days
Joe Mauer is batting second in Wednesday's game versus the White Sox.
It's not a terribly surprising move, as he batted second some in spring training and has hit there the second-most times of any spot in the batting order in his career. Josh Willingham has moved up to the No. 3 spot, with Jason Kubel hitting cleanup.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 25 Days
Hitting second for the first time this spring, Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 on Wednesday.
Mauer makes ton of sense as a No. 2 hitter, especially on the Twins team, but neither he nor manager Ron Gardenhire has ever entirely bought into the idea. Maybe the prospect of Kurt Suzuki hitting ahead of him has scared Mauer straight. If so, it'd be good news for his fantasy value. He's not going to be a big RBI guy as a No. 3 hitter anyway, and he'd score a bunch more runs hitting second.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months
Joe Mauer started his first spring training game at first base Saturday.
"It felt a little different," Mauer said. "I've never actually played first base here at Spring Training, so I was a little worried about seeing the ball off the bat. It's a little bright out there, so it was nice I was able to get a ball in the first inning and make a play." Mauer is making the transition from catcher in hopes of avoiding concussions like the one that prematurely ended his 2013 season. The 30-year-old has started 54 games at first base for his career, so it's not as though he's a complete stranger to the position. Still, there will likely be a bit of a learning curve in his first season as a full-time first baseman.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months
Joe Mauer (concussion) took live batting practice Saturday.
"It was good to get out there," Mauer said. "Everything went well today." It was the first time Mauer faced live pitching since August 19, when he sustained a concussion after taking multiple foul tips in the facemask. The injury derailed his season and forced him to move from catcher to first base this offseason. Now symptom-free and at a less volatile position, the 30-year-old is a good bet to post a strong season at the plate in 2014.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months
Joe Mauer (concussion) hasn't taken any swings in the cage this offseason.
"It varies every year," Mauer said of his winter routine. "This year I wanted to start off the year making sure I got over this concussion and took the time. It's going pretty good heading into the year." Mauer has been symptom-free since late October. "I'll get to camp, and I think we'll have plenty of time to get ready for the season," he said. Mauer will shift to first base full-time in 2014, a move that will ensure more at-bats but less position scarcity for fantasy owners.
Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 5 Months
Joe Mauer is moving to first base in 2014.
Mauer suffered a nasty concussion in August 2013 and the Twins want to lessen the odds of him getting another. Mauer's real-life value will take a hit with this move -- his bat doesn't look nearly as great at first base -- but it's a decision that makes loads of sense nonetheless. Mauer is locked in with the Twins through 2018. They need to protect him. He will retain catcher eligibility in most fantasy formats for the 2014 season.