Mauer went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Friday's 11-8 win over the Rays. His three-run shot in the third inning chased Nathan Eovaldi from the game, giving Mauer a .278/.364/.372 slash line with three homers and 27 RBI in 63 games on the season.
Mauer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles. Mauer hits the bench after a string of six consecutive starts, during which he went 5-for-24 with an RBI and a run scored. Logan Morrison will play first base in Mauer's place Sunday, with shortstop Jorge Polanco assuming the veteran's usual spot atop the lineup.
Mauer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Mauer was in the field for the entirety of Saturday's game, which was played amid extreme heat in Chicago. The hot weather didn't inhibit Mauer at the plate -- he finished 2-for-5 with three RBI -- but manager Paul Molitor probably reasoned the veteran could benefit from some more time in the dugout Sunday. Mauer will give way to Logan Morrison at first base.
Mauer went 2-for-5 with a three-run double in Saturday's 14-9 loss to the Cubs. Mauer is 5-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI over the first two games of the series in Chicago, yet the Twins have lost both games. The veteran first baseman was only 6-for-39 prior to this series since coming off the disabled list in mid-June, so hopefully the trip to Wrigley Field is getting him back on track.
Mauer went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Friday's 10-6 loss to the Cubs. His three-run shot off Mike Montgomery in the second inning was only Mauer's second homer of the season, with the other one coming back on May 1. The veteran is hitting only .205 (9-for-44) through 12 games since returning from a neck injury, leaving him with a .264/.369/.352 slash line on the year.
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