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Gardenhire waiting for Mauer's return

Joe Mauer was used as a pinch-hitter Friday night, but his bruised quad kept him from starting. "I told you I wasn't going to chase people around," Ron Gardenhire told reporters before the game. "I'm waiting for them to tell me, and Joe to say he's ready to go."
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Joe Mauer was used as a pinch-hitter Friday night, but his bruised quad kept him from starting. "I told you I wasn't going to chase people around," Ron Gardenhire told reporters before the game. "I'm waiting for them to tell me, and Joe to say he's ready to go."

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