Minnesota Twins backstop and hometown hero Joe Mauer nailed his 11th home run of the season Monday afternoon during a two out, pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning against Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. On his day off. The Sox went on to win the opener of the four-game series 6-5, but Twins fans couldn't help but walk away from the loss with a curious smile on their faces.
It's not like the entire world of baseball wasn't aware that Man Muscles was awesome before this season began. He is, of course, a two-time All-Star, double-time American League batting champ, and all-around nice guy. After completely missing Spring Training and the entire month of April after recovering from offseason kidney surgery and dealing with recurring back pain, Joe is rocking a .444 batting average with 31 runs batted in (breaking Harmon Killebrew's club record of 29 RBI in May of 1961) in just 81 at bats spanning 22 games this year.
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