Unfortunately for him, the Twins lineup just isn't what is was last year, though it doesn't help that Mauer hasn't been what he was last year, either.
He got the scoring started by booming a bases-clearing double that plated three runs in the second inning.
He has played in 591 of a possible 648 regular-season games since the move to first.
Mauer has hit .277 with 33 home runs and 252 runs batted in during that span.
Sano traveled to Rochester to start a rehab assignment on Saturday.
Sano was to play five innings as the designated hitter on Saturday, followed by five innings at third base Sunday.
“Landed pretty hard, had a little whiplash,” Mauer said of the dive for the foul ball. He told the Pioneer Press in 2016 that bright sunshine had triggered occasional blurred vision the previous two seasons.But given Joe’s history, we want to be more proactive with that,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.“I would say that as of right now, I don’t want to make any comments about long-term because we took a pretty cautious approach to this.He got the Twins' offense started with a bang, slugging a three-run homer off of Cubs' starter Mike Montgomery in the second inning.He then added on with a two-run double in the fourth that increased their lead to 5-2.We just want Joe to be in the right place when he returns.So we’ll take it day by day.” Because of the light sensitivity concern, Mauer is staying home “for a couple days,” according to manager Paul Molitor.That makes two big games in a row for the former MVP. He still has just 21 RBI on the season in 51 games.He has a .267/.370/.358 slash line with two home runs.The 35-year-old has been on quite the tear of late, batting .448 (13-for-29) over his last seven games.He’s pulled his batting average up from .254 to .278 during that time.