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Mauer Takes Grounders At First

Joe Mauer is still catching for the Twins, but he has begun to take groundballs at first base.

Mauer got some work in at the position before Monday's game against the Dodgers while manager Ron Gardenhire stood next to him and offered the advice.

The last time Mauer, the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, played first base in a game was 2002 in Class A.

"It doesn't bother me. I've always told Gardy, 'If you need me over there, I can definitely do it," Mauer said. "It's nice to get over there and take some groundballs before it gets to that."

Via Associated Press

Delmon Young Carried Off Field On Stretcher

Twins outfielder Delmon Young left on a stretcher Saturday night with an ankle injury.

Minnesota, which lost 11-1 to Milwaukee, dropped their fourth straight game.

Young was injured when he jammed his right ankle against the wall in the fifth inning. He was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list and will have an MRI in Minnesota on Monday.

"Hopefully the MRI shows there is no ligament damage or anything," Young said. "It's not as bad as the sprain I had in '03 before the draft, but it's the same foot."

Via Associated Press

Morneau To Have Neck Surgery

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will have neck surgery on Wednesday to remove a herniated disk fragment, keeping him out another six weeks, according to an ESPN.com report.

Morneau had already been battling a sore left wrist that landed him on the 15-day disabled list and had been in a cast to try to stablize that injury while also resting his neck. After seeing a specialist, he and the club made the decision to have the surgery.

Via ESPN.com

RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 6/23/11

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM's Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA).

In order to determine a team's Opsera, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract the team's ERA from that number.

Below are the final rankings through Wednesday, June 22nd’s games: Last week’s ranking is in parenthesizes

1. (1) New York Yankees – 4.31

The Yankees have lost eight of nine to the Red Sox this season, but they were briefly in first place (by percentage points) on Wednesday afternoon following Boston’s loss and prior to their loss in Cincinnati.

T2. (2) Philadelphia Phillies – 4.03

The Phillies are still in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories, but they have the third-best run differential in baseball. Thank you, pitching.

-- (3) Boston Red Sox – 4.03

Boston is 8-1 against New York, but just 36-29 against the rest of baseball. Can they schedule the Yankees more often in 2012?

4. (4) Atlanta Braves – 3.90

5. (8) Texas Rangers – 3.59

The Rangers have lost six of their last 10 games. It’s a good thing that the Mariners, Angels and Athletics haven’t been consistent this season.

T6. (6) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.51

-- (7) Arizona Diamondbacks – 3.51

How much of a shock would it be if the Diamondbacks edged the Giants and Rockies in the National League West?

8. (5) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.50

The Brewers need Shaun Marcum’s hip to be a non-issue and it’s just not cooperating.

9. (9) Los Angeles Angels – 3.46

10. (13) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.37

11. (T10) Colorado Rockies – 3.36

T12. (T10) San Francisco Giants – 3.30 -- (12) Detroit Tigers – 3.30

14. (19) Oakland Athletics – 3.29

T15. (T15) Washington Nationals – 3.25

-- (22) Cleveland Indians – 3.25

17. (14) Cincinnati Reds – 3.24

Chris Heisley hit three home runs against the Yankees on Wednesday night. He entered the game with 11 homers in his previous 161 major league games.

18. (18) Chicago White Sox – 3.19

19. (T15) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.13

20. (20) New York Mets – 3.11

Am I the only one that doesn’t buy the belief that the Mets can contend for the Wild Card? They entered Thursday’s action six games back of the Braves with a number of better teams in-between.

21. (24) Seattle Mariners – 3.10

22. (T15) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.07

23. (21) San Diego Padres – 3.03

24. (23) Florida Marlins – 2.99

It’s almost July and Hanley Ramirez is still playing like a below-average shortstop. It’s just about to the point that it’s no longer just a slump.

25. (25) Baltimore Orioles – 2.88

26. (26) Los Angeles Dodgers – 2.84

What could Mark Cuban do for this franchise? At the very least he’d be able to pay the bills without help.

27. (27) Kansas City Royals – 2.62

28. (29) Houston Astros – 2.45

29. (30) Minnesota Twins – 2.44

A recent tear has the Twins out of the last spot in our rankings for the first time this season. Next week? Jumping ahead of the Astros is a very real possibility.

30. (28) Chicago Cubs – 2.38

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM.com

Twins Pulling Back On Seller Stance

The Twins may no longer consider themselves sellers on the trade market.

After an awful start to the season they have gone on a tear and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes that they aren't floating players anymore.

"They were out there three weeks ago. No more," a scout told Rosenthal.

Via Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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