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Minnesota Twins Alexi Casillia celebrated with Joe Mauer who hit a three-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday, July 31, 2009. (Bruce Bisping/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO, STATS WriterJoe Mauer has put together a strong stretch at the plate, but that's nothing new against the Kansas City Royals.Mauer will try to continue his surge and help the Minnesota Twins to a third consecutive victory over the visiting Royals in the finale of this four-game set Sunday.Mauer is hitting .420 with 15 RBIs in his last 19 games, raising his average to .325 and among the AL leaders.He has five hits with a pair of RBIs in the first three games of this series after homering in a 5-1 win over Kansas City (35-41) in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. He went 1 for 4 in a 7-2 victory in the opener.Minnesota (32-45) hasn't won three in a row since June 6-9."We've been playing pretty good baseball and hopefully we can continue to do that," Mauer said.He's had little trouble doing that against the Royals, hitting .465 while knocking in 25 runs in his last 26 games. However, he's 4 for 18 against Bruce Chen, Sunday's scheduled starter.Francisco L...
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