Mauer is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. There has been nothing to suggest an injury is in play and he just rested last Sunday, so it seems Mauer's absence is largely due to his recent slump (4-or-26 since the All-Star break) and season-long struggles against left-handed pitching (.222/.271/.300). Lefty David Price is toeing the rubber for Boston on Saturday. Mauer's spot in the top third of the lineup against right-handers should be safe but he could ride the pine more often against southpaws down the stretch.
Mauer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians. After Saturday's game went 11 innings, Mauer will be granted a day out of the field in the series finale. Kennys Vargas takes his spot at first base.
Mauer is not in Friday's lineup against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old will get a regular day off after starting six of the club's seven games this month. One of the reasons Mauer is not in the lineup is due to the fact that he is 0-for-12 in his lifetime against Cole Hamels, who is on the mound for Texas on Friday. In his place, Kennys Vargas will get the start at first base.
Mauer went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored once in Wednesday's victory against the A's. Mauer broke a scoreless tie when he ripped an RBI double into the left-center-field gap in the fifth. It was the veteran's first RBI since June 15. He'll hit the break batting .268/.370/.383 with seven homers and 27 RBI in 295 at-bats through the first half of the season.
Mauer is not in the lineup for the Twins Tuesday. Vargas will get the nod at first base while Grossman will start at designated hitter Tuesday. Mauer showed signs of breaking out of his slump Monday, collecting two hits and walking once. This was the first time Mauer had more than one hit in a game since June 21.
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