Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/26/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- When fans start filing into Target Field on Tuesday night, his name will stretch across more backs than any other. A local Catholic priest used him as an example of a modern-day hero in a homily about sainthood Sunday. He remains a central draw despite what's looking more and more like his team's third consecutive losing season. When it comes to endearment to a community, he rivals Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky -- and none of those guys grew up just across the river from their home venue. He's a shining example of a baseball man, a family man and a Minnesota man. Yet his manager says it's easy to overlook Joe Mauer. "He does so much that I think he sometimes gets taken for granted," Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire said. Buried among the poor pitching starts and disappointing execution with runners on base has been a resurgent year for Mauer, whether standing to the left of home plate or crouched behind it. The 30-year-old is batting like he did in 20...
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