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By Isaac Orr
New carbon-dioxide rules would put America in the dark
Topic - Joe Mauer
Hometown hero Joe Mauer is out, but Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig are just a few of the foreign-born players almost certain to get selected for the July 15 showcase in Minnesota. All-Star rosters will be announced Sunday night, and this year's game at Target Field figures to have a distinctive international flavor.
Masahiro Tanaka throws a splitter that drops out of sight, ranks among the major league leaders in many prized pitching categories and appears, so far, to be worth every penny the New York Yankees paid to sign him.
As Joe Mauer walked back to the dugout, the bat in his hand and a sour look on his face, there were boos from the Minnesota crowd.
While the Minnesota Twins had plenty of runners on base again, most of them didn't make it home.
It had been nearly two months since Joe Saunders pitched in the majors and 10 days since his last rehab start in the minor leagues.
The tying run was 90 feet away with two outs in the seventh inning, and Joe Mauer swung and missed for strike three to complete his hitless night at the plate.
Michael Morse looked baffled after missing wildly on a wicked curve from Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning.
If Tim Lincecum wants to win without an overpowering fastball, he knows he will have to find his way through games when he is nowhere near his best.
Kyle Gibson pitched quickly and in command. Tim Lincecum labored and rarely looked in rhythm.
Minnesota Twins catcher-turned-first baseman Joe Mauer has some advice for San Francisco Giants All-Star Buster Posey: play catcher as long as you can, and enjoy doing it.
Padres starter Tyson Ross pitched well enough to win. If only San Diego's hitters had been able to solve Phil Hughes.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire isn't asking for much. He'd just like to put a full team on the field so his injury-riddled club has a fair chance.
The Cleveland Indians specialized in walk-off wins last season.
Samuel Deduno got into a nice groove in his first start of the season. Unfortunately, the damage already had been done.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of lower back spasms.
"I come to work every day. I'm working hard trying to turn it around," Mauer said. "It's not just going to come to you. You've got to put in the work."
Mauer said the combination of facing a tough lefty in Rafael Perez with Peralta playing back made it the right play for him at the time.