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MINNEAPOLIS --The Minnesota Twins catcherJoe Mauer and his wife Maddie have welcomed their own twins early Wednesday morning according to the team.

A tweet from The Minnesota Twinscongratulates the new parents on the birth of their daughters saying:

"Congrats to Joe and Maddie Mauer on the birth of their Twin girls Emily and Maren!"

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the original due date for the twins was Aug. 31, but Mauer said recently that doctors told them the babies could arrive at any time.

Mauer was scratched from the Twins' lineup Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif., so he could rush back for the debut of his twin girls. He wasplaced onthe paternity listand the Twinsrecalled catcher Drew Butera to take his place.