All-Star notes: Hitting eighth no low blow to Mauer

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Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer struck out in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees, at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Yankees won 9-5.

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– The All-Star lineups were announced today, and it’s a surprise Joe Mauer didn’t take a bat to American League manager Jim Leyland’s door.

The three-time batting champion and six-time All-Star will bat eighth in Tuesday’s Midsummer’s Classic.

“I’m mad,” Mauer joked.

Actually, it’s not the first time Mauer has batted eighth in the game. He batted eighth in 2008. Here’s Mauer’s All-Star history:

• 2006: 0-for-2 after replacing Ivan Rodriguez.

• 2008: 1-for-1 while batting eighth.

• 2009: 1-for-3 with a RBI double while batting third.

• 2010: 0-2 while batting seventh.

• 2012: Replaced Paul Konerko at first base and singled in his only at-bat.

Mauer said you can pull names out of a can and it wouldn’t matter with all the hitters that surround him.

“I haven’t seen [Leyland] yet but I think that is probably the thing,” Mauer said. “Who are you going to bat eighth? Who are you going to bat first? It could go any way.”

Looking ahead

Mets third baseman David Wright has become the unofficial ambassador of the All-Star Game and has handled promotional duties with aplomb.

Mauer might want to take notes. With the game coming to Target Field next season — and being in his prime of his career — Mauer should be part of the team with an average season, by his standards. Being a St. Paul guy makes it even more logical.

“One, I hope I’m in the All-Star Game. It is never promised,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to go to six and next year, that would be the one that I would really want to go to. If that happens, I’ll take on that role, for sure.”

Mauer also confessed to wanting another shot at the Home Run Derby after his poor performance in 2009, in which he hit five homers in the first round and lost in a swingoff for a berth in the second round.

“I had a lot of fun in ’09 in the Home Run Derby,” he said. “I kind of know what to expect now. I don’t think I hooked that many balls foul in a whole season. I think seven of my 10 outs were foul balls. I think I would know how to prepare for it a little better.”

Looking ahead II

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