Mauer back after birth of twin girls

5:28 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
American League All-Star Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins smiles during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS  - Joe Mauer is back in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins after missing six games to welcome his twin girls into the world. Slugger Josh Willingham may not be all the far behind him.

Mauer was hitting third and playing catcher in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Mauer left the team on the West Coast to rush home to be with wife Maddie, who gave birth to twin girls Maren and Emily. Both weighed in under 5 pounds, but are happy and healthy.

Willingham has been on the disabled list since July 2 after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He took some swings in early batting practice on Tuesday and hopes to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

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