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Joe Mauer back in Twins’ lineup after sprained right thumb

Joe Mauer, Chris Iannetta

Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer hits an RBI single against Los Angeles Angels pitcher David Carpenter as Angels’ Chris Iannetta catches during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 7, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Angels defeated the Twins 8-3. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


According to Phil Mackey of, Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. He’ll catch left-hander Scott Diamond and bat third against right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

Mauer has missed the last four games with a sprained right thumb, but it was never a major concern. He made it through batting practice yesterday with no issues.

Injuries and illness limited Mauer to just 82 games last year, but he has played in 52 of the Twins’ 56 games this season. The 29-year-old backstop is hitting .298/.407/.419 with three home runs, 25 RBI and an .826 OPS through 226 plate appearances.