Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain Tuesday night. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, but he'll be out until after the All-Star break.
7/1/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game with a strained right oblique, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Mauer (.271, 2 HR, 28 RBI) is just starting to hit, but this could land him on the disabled list. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games before leaving.
6/26/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to seven games Thursday in a loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and three RBI. Mauer has hit .414 with nine RBI over his last seven games.
6/26/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is just a career .250 hitter versus Jered Weaver with a .644 OPS.
Insight: For many hitters that wouldn't be so bad, but Mauer is a lifetime .319 hitter. His current .680 OPS is the worst of his career.
6/24/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .234 with a .543 OPS against lefties this season and he's been even worse against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: In 22 at-bats against Wilson, Mauer has two hits and seven Ks. The three-time batting champion has hit just .261 this season.
6/12/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 1-for-10 against Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: The career .320 hitter is batting just .263 this season. It's probably best to stay away from this matchup.
6/11/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Mauer's 19 percent K rate, .263 average and .678 OPS are all career worsts. This may be the last year he's even worth owning in fantasy, as he will lose catcher eligibility next year and is a below-average fantasy first baseman.
6/8/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Mauer's .264 average, .677 OPS and 19.3 percent K rate are all career worsts, and he has hit just two homers with 15 RBI in 55 games. He's getting a day off to rest Sunday.
6/7/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: The wind will be blowing out to right field on Saturday and Minnesota's left-hand hitter, Joe Mauer, already has a favorable matchup against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Mauer is a career .333 hitter with a home run versus Feldman. Mauer has played 54 of 59 games this season, but the move to be an exclusive 1B hasn't helped his batting stroke. He's hitting just .269 with 15 RBI and a .690 OPS. That's well below expectations for this career .320 hitter.
6/2/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer mashed three hits Monday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: 2014 has not been one of Mauer's better seasons (.275, 2 HR, 15 RBI in 50 games) but his catcher eligibility remains an asset in fantasy leagues. Of course, he won't have that next season so enjoy using him at catcher while you still can.
5/18/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is the rare hitter who has had success against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Mauer has picked up 14 hits (4 2B, 2 HR) in 33 at-bats (.424) against Hernandez. Don't shy away from using him Sunday against the M's.
5/10/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is in Saturday's lineup, at DH, according to beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: He missed his fifth straight game due to back spasms on Friday night, but apparently won't need more time, or a trip to the disabled list. He's batting .296 with two homers and 22 runs scored.
5/9/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Friday's lineup, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: He'll miss his fifth straight game due to back spasms and may have to go on the disabled list.
5/8/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer may need to go on the disabled list, according to LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune.
Insight: He missed his fourth straight game due to back spasms on Thursday. Chris Colabello has been starting in his place at first base.
5/7/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: As expected, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer won't suit up Wednesday against the Indians. SOURCE: Mike Berardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's still dealing with back spasms. The team is holding out hope Mauer (.296, 2 HR, 11 RBI) won't have to go on the DL. Chris Colabello (.270, 4 HR, 28 RBI) has been filling in at first base.
5/7/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is likely a couple days away from returning, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and missed the last two games. Don't expect him to be in there Wednesday either.
5/6/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still isn't ready to return. Chris Colabello will get another start at first base.
5/5/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is sitting out Monday against Cleveland. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still needs time to recover. Tonight it will be Chris Colabello (.274, 3 HR, 27 RBI) at first base with Chris Hermann (.138, 0 HR, 0 RBI) getting the nod in right field.
5/4/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Sunday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He lined out to center in his only at bat of the afternoon. Chris Colabello (.270, 3 HR, 27 RBI) has come on to play first base.
5/4/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer crushed three hits in Saturday's 6-1 win over Baltimore.
Insight: He's gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. Mauer is still well below his career average of .322 but at .298 with 11 RBI, he hasn't given fantasy owners much to complain about.
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