Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Postgame: Mauer's not pleased, says Weeks' knee gave him a Charley horse

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 17, 2012 - 7:47 PM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer said Rickie Weeks' knee gave him a Charley horse in his right thigh, when Weeks made a hard slide into home in the second inning Sunday.

And Mauer didn't sound too pleased.

"Obviously, I was sort of prepared for a little collision, but he kind of darted in a little bit more than I thought," Mauer said. "But coming in hard -- that’s part of the game. ... I was trying to give him -- you know, obviously be in front of the plate -- but give him an area to slide, and he kind of went right toward my thigh."

Mauer stayed in the game and got three more singles, including a game-tying hit in the seventh inning before being removed for a pinch runner.

"It's better now after a win," Mauer said following his team's 5-4, 15-inning victory over the Brewers. "I don’t know, I’m pretty stiff. It’s getting worse right now, but that’s as expected."

The Twins said Mauer is day-to-day, and he said he'd see how he feels after Monday's off day. Mauer wasn't in the lineup Saturday because of a sore right hamstring. Then he suffered a different injury with the same leg.

"I forgot about that [hamstring] after that [slide by Weeks]," Mauer said. "After that happened, I really didn’t feel the hamstring too bad."

Weeks did try to slide, so it wasn't a full-blown collision.

"He did [slide]; it was pretty late, but he was coming in hard," Mauer said. "I kind of expected that, but I didn’t expect him to be that far in."


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