MINNEAPOLIS Simply put, Joe Mauer is in the zone.
The Twins catcher is in the type of zone where you expect him to get a hit every time he comes to the plate and when he doesn't, you're surprised. It's not a new phenomenon for Mauer to go through a hot streak like this, but it's certainly an encouraging start to the season for the three-time batting champion, who turns 30 on Friday.
Mauer went 4-for-5 in Tuesday's 8-6 win against the Angels, his second straight 4-hit game. He's now batting .386 on the year and seems as locked in as he has in quite some time.
"I've seen him hit his whole career. We've seen him do this," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Mauer. "We keep saying it's incredible and it is at this level to swing and get those hits like he does when he can just rack em up. It is incredible. That will never change. He's just an amazing hitter."
Monday and Tuesday's back-to-back four-hit games marked the second time in Mauer's career in which he had four hits in co...