Joe Mauer returns to the lineup as designated hitter
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Joe Mauer will return to the Twins lineup Saturday, batting third as the designated hitter.
Mauer was pulled in the third inning of Sunday's game after dealing with back spasms and hadn't played since. He missed five games.
If the Twins had placed him on the disabled list it could have cost the team as many as 8 games of having their best hitter's bat in the lineup.