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Will Joe Mauer return to All-Star form?

Joe Mauer suffered through an injury plagued 2011 season, and many fans don't believe he is capable of returning to All-Star form. Fear not, for we have tracked down a list of ten reasons why Mauer will return to All-Star form.
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Joe Mauer suffered through an injury plagued 2011 season, and many fans don't believe he is capable of returning to All-Star form. Fear not, for we have tracked down a list of ten reasons why Mauer will return to All-Star form.

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All-Star Game: Mauer goes 1-1

The National League pounded the American League in the MLB All-Star Game last night, 8-0. Joe Mauer entered the game in the in the 8th inning at first base, and singled to center in his only at-bat.

Mauer moves up in All-Star voting

Joe Mauer is still a long way behind Rangers' catcher Mike Napoli, but he's moved into second place in American League All-Star votes for catchers. No other Twins player is a top-five vote getter at any position.

Mauer headed to his fifth All-Star Game

Twins catcher Joe Mauer will be only player to represent Minnesota at the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City. Mauer was named a reserve catcher backing up starter Mike Napoli from Texas. The St. Paul native is batting .325 with four homers and 36 RBI after an injury-filled season last year. Teammate Josh Willingham will not make the trip despite being one of the Twins' most productive hitters this season.

Mauer third among AL catchers in All-Star voting

The first All-Star voting update came Tuesday and Joe Mauer was in third place among American League catchers. The Twins' catcher trails Mike Napoli of the Rangers and Matt Wieters of the Orioles. He is the only Twins player ranked near the top of any position.

What's next for Joe Mauer?

Joe Mauer is expected to miss the rest of the season with a mild case of pneumonia. His injury plagued career has many fans wondering if he'll ever return to MVP form. Will Mauer have to permanently switch positions in order to have a productive, healthy career?

Things have changed for Joe Mauer

Last year at this time Joe Mauer wasn't doing a whole lot. This year the catcher says, "Every day I'm just, 'What do you want me to do today?' " He's worked out in all 12 spring practices since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and he will likely be in the Twins' lineup in the spring training opener on Saturday.

Video: Joe Mauer's birthday rap

Here's a blast from the past (last year, actually). It's the Joe Mauer birthday rap, which was a statewide hit last year on this day, when the Twins' catcher turned 28. He's 29 today.