Mauer catches for Twins in 9-2 win over Rays

The Associated Press
Saturday, March 19, 2011; 5:29 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Mauer made his first start this spring at catcher, and had a hit and scored two runs in the Minnesota Twins' 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Mauer has been brought along slowly in his recovery from minor knee surgery in the offseason. He caught five innings.

Rays catcher John Jaso left the game in the fourth inning after a foul ball hit him in the groin. The team said he had a bruise and would see a doctor as a precaution.

Rays starter Wade Davis, slated for the No. 3 spot in the rotation, gave up eight runs off nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Twins left fielder Delmon Young and Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman each hit their first spring training home runs. Young went 3 for 4 with four RBIs.

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