30/30: Pitchers shoulder the load

With Mauer's back ailing, staff must carry the Twins

Originally Published: March 28, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to Insider

Twins fans have to be concerned about the news that the 2008 American League batting champion, Joe Mauer, will not be ready for Opening Day. Twins GM Bill Smith has indicated that the star catcher's return date still isn't determined, which can't be good news for a team in a division where every win can make the difference. In two of the past three seasons, the Twins' playoff fate was decided by just one game.