"I don't mind it a bit," Gardenhire said. "Joe's an on-base guy and a line-drive hitter. That's another weapon he can use."
Against left-hander Bruce Chen, Mauer had wide-open spaces on the left side of the infield. A few more bunts like that and opponents may have to reconsider how they position their defense against Mauer.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.