Mauer returns to lineup for Twins

Joe Mauer has returned to the Minnesota Twins lineup after

missing one game because of a stiff back.

Mauer was scratched from Friday night’s game against Boston

after he woke up with back pain. Manager Ron Gardenhire says Mauer

came to Target Field on Saturday feeling much better, and he was

put back in the lineup as the designated hitter. The plan is for

him to catch the series finale on Sunday.

Mauer entered with a 14-game hitting streak and a .349 batting


The Twins also announced that right-hander Cole De Vries has

been reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A

Rochester. De Vries has been on the disabled list since April 7

because of a strained right forearm.