30/30: Pitchers shoulder the load
With Mauer's back ailing, staff must carry the Twins
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.
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