For Mauer, Facing Verlander Is a Good Thing

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For Mauer, Facing Verlander Is a Good Thing
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Three thoughts on the Twins' 4-3 loss on the first day of a nine-game trip: -- Hard not to feel sorry for Joe Mauer. As if extending his hitless streak to a career-high 20 straight at-bats wasn't bad enough, the Twins' catcher took two hard foul balls off his mask in the space of three pitches in the seventh inning Monday. Both of them seemed to rattle Mauer a little, and umpire Paul Schrieber stalled by brushing off the plate and requesting new baseballs to give him some time...

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