Mauer back behind the plate for finale

Mauer back behind the plate for finale

Mauer back behind the plate for finale
MINNEAPOLIS -- After starting at catcher in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Angels, Joe Mauer was back behind the plate on Thursday with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound.

It marked the first time Mauer caught in a day game after a night game, which was a rare occurrence last season, when he started just 47 games at catcher due to various injuries and ailments.

Mauer responded with a big day in the Twins' 10-9 comeback win over the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer is feeling so good that he didn't even bother consulting Mauer when writing his name in the lineup.

"I didn't ask," Gardenhire said with a smile.

Gardenhire also kept Chris Parmelee in at first base and moved him up a few spots to the No. 6 hole behind Josh Willingham. Ben Revere also made his third start in right field.

Gardenhire said he's been impressed with Parmelee, who had a two-run triple in the seventh inning that helped key the Twins' win on Wednesday. He benched Parmelee with a left-hander on the mound on Monday, but said he responded well after the off-day on Tuesday.

"I definitely want Parmelee in the lineup as much as I possibly can," Gardenhire said. "I thought at the end of spring, we had a long spring, he played a lot of games and had a lot of at-bats, maybe he got worn out at the end. I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but the kid can hit."