Mauer relishes that All-Star buzz

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2012 - 12:14 AM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer

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Twins catcher Joe Mauer has played All-Star Games in Pittsburgh, New York, St. Louis, Anaheim and Kansas City. If he is picked again in 2014, he will get a chance to play in his own back yard.

Commissioner Bud Selig will be at Target Field on Wednesday for a news conference at 4 p.m., officially announcing that the Twins have been selected as hosts for the 2014 All-Star Game.

"Just to see what the game does to a city, the excitement it brings with it, to think we could have that here would be awesome," Mauer said. "It's not just the park. The whole city has a buzz about it. In Kansas City [this year], everywhere you went it was about the MLB All-Star Game.

"Obviously this organization would love to host one, but I think the cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul would love to host it, too. I think we'd put on a really good show."

M&M boys on waivers

Players must be placed on waivers to be traded in August, and teams try to slip most players through, knowing they always can pull them back if another team makes a claim.

According to, the Twins placed Mauer on waivers Tuesday, but the chances of him changing teams are extremely remote. He has a full no-trade clause as part of his eight-year, $184 million contract, and the Twins would demand a king's ransom to move him.

Insiders say the Dodgers made a claim when they saw Justin Morneau's name earlier this month. Much like in July, the Twins made it clear they weren't just looking to dump Morneau's contract and that it would take a serious prospect haul to move him, so the window for a trade closed.

Soon after this happened, the Dodgers made the blockbuster trade that landed them Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox.

The Twins owe Morneau $14 million next year, and he could be a trade candidate this offseason, especially if Chris Parmelee has another strong September.

Span to have MRI

Denard Span was scratched from Tuesday's game because of shoulder soreness and is scheduled for a precautionary magnetic resonance imaging exam Wednesday. It's the same injury that caused him to miss nine games before returning last week.

Fall League invites

Arizona Fall League rosters will be announced Wednesday, and the Twins are expected to send pitchers Kyle Gibson, Logan Darnell, Caleb Thielbar and Michael Tonkin along with catcher Chris Hermann and outfielder Evan Bigley.

The Twins will hold a spot open for Joe Benson. The outfielder had surgery on his left knee Monday to clean out loose bodies. The team hopes he can rehab for a few weeks, then participate in the Fall League.

'Now School baseball'

Ron Gardenhire gave his view on the way Scott Diamond handled last Thursday's situation after Texas' Roy Oswalt drilled Mauer with a pitch. Diamond threw a pitch over Josh Hamilton's head, drawing an ejection and six-game suspension, which the lefthander is appealing.

"My guy didn't hit anybody; he buzzed the tower, way above everybody's head," the Twins manager said. "It was probably inexperience on how to handle it, throw it inside, whatever.

"Old-school baseball -- your pitchers will protect your hitters. If somebody's knocking your guys down, then there's going to be a few balls inside to knock the other guys down. That should be 'Now School' baseball. He didn't intend to throw it there; he meant to come inside and he threw it way up there."

Star Tribune staff writer La Velle E. Neal III contributed to this report.

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