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For just 9th time in his career, Mauer will bat leadoff for the Twins

Mauer is hitting .283 over his last 13 starts.

With Brian Dozier still banged up with an ankle injury and Miguel Sano suspended, Twins manager Paul Molitor was forced to juggle his lineup.

For just the ninth time in his career, Joe Mauer will bat leadoff for the Twins against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday evening.

The former MVP has batted batted third 1,212 times and second 285 times. Here's what the lineup will look like when Minnesota faces former Twin Mike Pelfrey.

  1. Mauer, 1B
  2. Polanco , SS
  3. Kepler RF
  4. Vargas DH
  5. Rosario LF
  6. Escobar 3B
  7. Castro C
  8. Adrianza 2B
  9. Buxton CF

In eight previous starts at the leadoff position, Mauer has collected just five hits in 32 at bats.

After a slow start to the season, Mauer has picked things up. Over his last 13 starts, Mauer is slashing .283/.356/.472 with two home runs, four doubles and six RBI.

First pitch from Chicago is set for 7:10 p.m. Hector Santiago will start on the mound for the Twins.

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