Joe Mauer passes Carew

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Mauer reaches another Twins milestone on Friday night

Mauer now second to Puckett on hit list; no decision on playing past 2018

August 25, 2018 - 6:20 am

  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Mauer gave Twins fans another thrill at Target Field during Friday night's 7-1 loss to Oakland. 

  Mauer singled off Oakland's Sean Manaea in the fifth for his 2,086th career hit, moving him past Rod Carew for second-most hits in club history behind Kirby Puckett's 2,304. The crowd gave Mauer a standing ovation, with his teammates joining in from the dugout.

  "It was pretty special to see the guys at the top step, and the fans on their feet. That really means a lot," Mauer said.

  The three-time AL batting champion and 2009 Most Valuable Player is signed through the end of this season, and has yet to provide a hint of his future plans.

  "Talking about guys that I hold in high regard as players and people," said Mauer, who noted that he talks with Carew on a regular basis and counted Puckett as one of his favorites growing up a Twins fan in St. Paul.

  To overtake Puckett would take at least two seasons for Mauer, if he stays healthy. And decided to play on past 2018.

  "I think he's capable, for sure," said Twins manager and fellow St.Paulite Paul Molitor. "I think we're all hopeful that Joe's going to keep on playing baseball."