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Breaking news: Joe Mauer is human (sort of)

Jun 18, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

MLB.com reports that Joe Mauer, hitting machine, is still at least partially human:

After battling cold-like symptoms for over a week, Minnesota catcher
Joe Mauer will finally get a day of rest. Mauer was out of the Twins’
lineup Thursday for the final game of their series against the
Pittsburgh Pirates.

“Listening to him last night coughing in the game, he’s feeling
pretty crappy. He tried to play through it for I don’t know how many
days here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Last night was pretty
ugly. You can tell his bat was a little slower. It’s time. As bad as
you want to put him out there, it’s time.”

Mauer went “only” 1-for-4 with a double last night, lowering his batting average to a modest .425.

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