Mauer To Play First Base Tonight

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 11:48 am

Joe Mauer has been fielding both ground balls and questions about changing positions of late. Tonight we’ll get to see how he handles some real pressure. Mauer is expected to start at first base Thursday night in Chicago against the White Sox.

Mauer has been taking some grounders at first before games in recent weeks. With Justin Morneau out, the Twins feel like this is a good way to keep Mauer in the lineup when he needs a break from catching.

In the past, Mauer has been the designated hitter to get a break from catching. Moving Mauer to first keeps Jim Thome in the lineup.

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