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Mauer takes leave to attend birth of twins

Mauer takes leave to attend birth of twins

Mauer takes leave to attend birth of twins

ANAHEIM -- Joe Mauer left the Twins to see his twins.

Mauer was a late scratch from the lineup on Tuesday against the Angels, as he flew back to Minnesota because his wife, Maddie, went into labor with the couple's twins.

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Mauer, placed on the paternity list on Wednesday, was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who started at catcher and batted seventh.

Catcher Drew Butera was called up from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's place on the roster. Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who was also a possibility to replace Mauer, left Tuesday's game with Rochester in the third inning, but it was because he felt dizziness.

Butera was hitting .215 (17-for-79) with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs in 25 games for Rochester. He was expected to be in uniform for Wednesday's game in Anaheim.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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