MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer has been named as the Minnesota Twins’ lone representative for the All-Star game.
The team was announced on Sunday and Mauer is a reserve catcher backing up starter Mike Napoli from Texas. After enduring an injury-filled season last year that brought criticism on the hometown boy, Mauer is enjoying a terrific bounce-back year in 2012.
Mauer entered Sunday’s game with Kansas City hitting .325 with four homers, 36 RBIs and a .416 on-base percentage, which leads the American League. He has also put his injury woes behind him and appeared in 69 games this year as a catcher, first baseman and DH.
Mauer says he’s honored to be going to his fifth All-Star game, but he wishes he was bringing some teammates with him.
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