Mauer awarded hit retroactively

Mauer awarded hit retroactively

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer picked up a hit before Thursday's game against the Tigers even started, as a scoring change from Opening Day awarded him an infield single in his first-bat of the season on Monday.

The play was originally ruled an error on Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera but was reviewed and changed to a hit. With the change, Mauer's batting average improved from .250 to .375 (3-for-8).

Mauer also started behind the plate for a third straight game on Thursday, but is expected to get a day off from catching duties during a three-game set in Baltimore this weekend.

"He came in and I didn't even ask him -- he was catching these three games," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And then we'll see in Baltimore. He wants to catch. He really does. But [Ryan] Doumit does too, so some day in Baltimore [Doumit] will catch."

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