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Updated: May 10th, 2014 11:14am
Joe Mauer returns to the lineup as designated hitter

Joe Mauer returns to the lineup as designated hitter

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

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.


Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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