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Joe Mauer Ranked Third Among AL Catchers In All-Star Game Voting

Tuesday marked the first MLB All-Star Game voting update and one Minnesota Twin, Joe Mauer, has a realistic chance at a starting gig in the game that will be played where the Twins close out a three-game series on Wednesday night -- Kansas City.

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The first of umpteen All-Star voting updates arrived today, and Joe Mauer ranked third among AL catchers, behind the RangersMike Napoli and the OriolesMatt Wieters. The totals went: Napoli (1,224,565), Wieters (713,469) and Mauer (637,364). No other Twin was listed among the leading vote-getters as his position.

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Joe Mauer is having a nice bounce-back season after only playing in 82 games in 2011 due to injury. Mauer has played in 52 games this season and is hitting .298/.407/.826 with three home runs and 25 runs batted in, just five RBI shy of his 2011 total. Before last year, Mauer was an All-Star for three straight years and four of the previous five seasons. He was the leading vote getter in all of baseball just two years ago.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.