Mauer, Adele together in Florida

Well, not exactly "together." But the Twins catcher says he's been swinging to Adele tunes while waiting for spring training to start.
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Well, not exactly "together." But the Twins catcher says he's been swinging to Adele tunes while waiting for spring training to start.

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