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As Joe Mauer walked back to the dugout, the bat in his hand and a sour look on his face, there were boos from the Minnesota crow Antworten

MINNEAPOLIS - As Joe Mauer walked back to the dugout, the bat in his hand and a sour look on his face, there were boos from the Minnesota crowd. Wilson Chandler Jersey . Mauer struck out to end the inning, with a runner on third base in the seventh on Wednesday and the Twins trailing 1-0. Everybody does this, of course, in a sport with a 30 per cent success rate at the plate long proven to be a benchmark of excellence. Failures this year have piled up for Mauer faster than usual for the six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion and one-time AL MVP. "Im a heck of a lot more frustrated than they are," Mauer said that night, when asked about those jeering fans. The sound of those boos has been jarring, considering hes the hometown guy from St. Paul with the handsome looks and the hitting skills to build a .321 career batting average, the best among all active players in baseball with at least 3,000 plate appearances. Minnesotans are fiercely proud of and protective of their natives, so Mauer figured to have a lifetime pass in the popularity department here. After signing that $184 million, eight-year contract extension in 2010, though, he has become a more-frequent target of criticism from fans frustrated by the teams struggles the past several years. The 28 home runs he hit in 138 games in 2009 were a one-year wonder. Lingering lower-body injuries limited him to 82 games in 2011. This season, his on-base-plus-slugging percentage was at a career-low .704 entering the weekend series in New York. Mauer is also on pace to blow by his career-high strikeout total of 89 set last year. "I feel pretty good actually, which is even more frustrating," he said. "Im hitting a lot of balls hard and just not having much to show for it. So hopefully that turns here soon." Mauer isnt the only one sputtering with the Twins. The teams batting average with runners in scoring position fell to .214, the second-worst in the league, after losing three of four games to Texas this week. "Were putting together a lot of good at-bats but still not driving people in with runners in scoring position. Thats the main focus, getting guys on, but we cant get them in," second baseman Brian Dozier said. Mauer reluctantly gave up his job as the catcher to better protect himself from another concussion, after missing the final six weeks of last season following a foul tip that hit him in the head. The loss to the Twins of Mauers intelligence and defence behind the plate was supposed to be trumped by an increase in his availability and production at a less-taxing position. He missed five games with back spasms earlier this month, but since then he said he feels fine. The problem has been these paltry totals: nine extra-base hits and 15 RBIs through Thursday. "The expectations are very high for him. People get frustrated. I just dont want Joe to get frustrated. I know he is a little bit right now, because he doesnt have the results he wants. But I dont want to put any more pressure on the guy," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I just want him to just keep being himself, keep swinging, and hell be fine." ___ Dave Campbell on Twitter: Malik Beasley Nuggets Jersey .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets Jersey . The ninth-seeded Safarova doused Swede Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-3 on the green clay at Family Circle Tennis Center. The Czech player was a finalist here two years ago and captured back-to-back doubles titles in 2012 and last year. . "Its way better than running gassers, thats for sure," the inside linebacker said Monday, when the Chargers started their third and final week of organized team activities, which are practices in shorts, jerseys and helmets.BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox can at least be excited about their young players going into next year.Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.Vazquez finished with a career-best four hits and drove in three runs, and another rookie, Mookie Betts, had three of Bostons 16 hits. The Red Sox won for the fourth time in six games.Weve got a lot young guys coming up and everybodys really good, said Webster, who joined the rotation on July 27. Its looking good going forward.Castillo, a Cuban outfielder who signed with Boston in August and was promoted from the minors on Sept. 16, collected his first two hits in Fenway Park.A lot of very good at-bats, particularly at the bottom of the order and Mookie at the top, Boston manager John Farrell said.Evan Longoria had two singles for the Rays, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.Give them credit, Rays manager Joe Maddon said. They totally beat us up tonight.Webster (5-3) was charged with one run and seven hits in his best start since he joined the rotation. The 24-year old rookie right-hander struck out five and walked one.Leading 3-1 in the third, the Red Sox broke it open by scoring four times while chasing Jeremy Hellickson (1-5).Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig had one-out singles before Garin Cecchini reached on first baseman James Loneys error, with Cespedes scoring on the play. Steve Geltz then came in and Castillo drove the relievers first pitch into the front row of Green Monster seats for a three-run shot.Hellickson lasted just 2 1-3 innings, getting tagged for six runs a€” five earned a€” and eight hits.I feel like I had better stuff, he said. Obviously the numbers are really bad, but I dont think I made that many bad pitches.Vazquezs two-run homer bounced off a billboard above the Monster, lifting the Red Sox to a 3-1 lead in the second. The ball was picked up by a ball girl, handed to a security guard and given to Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield.I want to take the ball back for my family, said Vazquez, who was glad it didnt clear the Monster and leave the park complettely. Alonzo Gee Jersey. Daniel Navas sacrifice fly gave Boston a 1-0 edge in the first before Ben Zobrists RBI single in the second tied it.ROOKIE HOME RUN RECORDVazquez and Castillo became the seventh and eighth Red Sox rookies to homer this season, establishing a club record. They had seven in three previous seasons, the last in 1996.YOUNG AT HEARTThe Red Sox have played 19 rookies this season, tied with Arizona for most in the majors. Its the fourth-most rookies in Bostons history behind 25 in 1911, 22 in 25 and 21 in 26.TRAINERS ROOMRays: Maddon said SS Yunel Escobar, who sprained his left knee Tuesday and was sent to Florida for an MRI, only has a bruise, but hes done for the remainder of the season because the MRI was bad enough that he cant play anymore.Red Sox: DH David Ortiz missed his second straight game with a sore left wrist and Farrell said the team would learn toward shutting him down, but at the same time if he feels good to go, were certainly not going to hold him out. Ortiz said after the game that he didnt think hed play this weekend. The doctor told me the other day take it day by day, but itll probably take a week at least to go back to normal, he said. ... Farrell also said INF/OF Brock Holt, out with a concussion since Sept. 5, would probably not play again. ... 3B Will Middlebrooks missed his third straight game with a sprained right hand. Its been a rough year, he said of his season between injuries, a .191 average and shuttling up and down from Triple-A.UP NEXTThe Rays are slated to open a three-game series Friday in Cleveland with RHP Chris Archer (10-8, 3.42 ERA) facing Indians RHP Corey Kluber (17-9, 2.53 ERA). The Red Sox face the Yankees for the final three games of the season, starting Friday. RHP Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38 ERA) makes his first start of the season for Boston. Former Red Sox LHP Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67 ERA) is scheduled to go for New York.ALL-STAR SERIES REPLACEMENTFarrell was selected to manage the major league team in the All-Star series in Japan, replacing former Texas manager Ron Washington, who resigned from his job with the Rangers in early September. 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