Mauer Back to Work After Duluth Vacation

By KBJR News 1

July 15, 2011 Updated Jul 15, 2011 at 2:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- It was back to work for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, including Joe Mauer, who spent part of his All-Star break vacationing in Duluth.

The 28-year-old catcher, and now first baseman, first ate lunch at Burito Union with his girlfriend before playing 18 holes at Northland Country Club.

The three-time All-Star and former American League MVP battled injuries throughout the first half of the season, but said the break was good for his body and he expects a good second half of the year.

The trip was Mauer's first-ever to Duluth, and he said he liked what he saw, especially on the golf course.

"I liked it a lot," Mauer said. "There's a lot of elevations. I haven't played golf in a long time, and when I do, it's usually down in Florida, so there's a lot more elevations than down there. It was beautiful."

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CUDDYER LONE TWINS REPRESENTATIVE AT ALL-STAR GAME

Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer, meanwhile, made his first appearance at the MLB All-Star game while Mauer was in Duluth, as the lone representative from the Twins.

Cuddyer went into the game at first base in the seventh inning and went hitless in one at-bat, but said it was a fun experience overall.

"It was great, especially being the only [Twin]," Cuddyer said. "It felt special. There were some Twins fans out there. I heard them and saw them, and I was very, very appreciative."

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com