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Joe Mauer may move up to leadoff spot for Twins

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05:35 PM ET 05.12 | Minnesota Twin leadoff hitters have hit .191/.238/.234 so far, as pointed out by Brandon Warne of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. Warne opines the idea of catcher Joe Mauer batting leadoff is not that far-fetched. Warne also says that general manager Terry Ryan is warming to the idea. "Twins general manager Terry Ryan seemed to, albeit briefly, suggest Saturday that he wouldn't be surprised to see Mauer bat leadoff," Warne said. "But he left it up to Gardenhire, because, after all he noted, it's the manager's job to write the lineup." Mauer isn't a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he gets on base and would create more opportunities for batters behind him. The Twins need production out of their highest paid player, and hitting leadoff is unconventional, yet it might work.

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May 12, 2013  11:07 PM ET

He gets on base a lot and doesn't have much power these days (so he won't be that missed lower in the order). It's worth a shot.

May 13, 2013  09:56 AM ET

If the Twinkles want to play station to station baseball then let Mauer lead off. Another idea Mr. GM let your .215 hitting catcher bat cleanup and then your team will really look like a joke even more.

 
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