CHICAGO -- As pitchers have come and gone in the Twins rotation during the season's first 42 games, Joe Mauer and the rest of the Twins catchers have had less of a musical-chairs season behind home plate.
Only one starter -- right-hander Carl Pavano -- remains from Minnesota's season-opening rotation. That means Mauer and fellow catchers Ryan Doumit and Drew Butera have had to learn the strengths and weaknesses of guys like P.J. Walters, Scott Diamond and Cole De Vries, all of whom are in the early stages of their Twins careers.
"It's different. I'm starting to learn these guys better each time they go out," Mauer said on Tuesday night, after catching Walters' complete game. "P.J. was in camp, but I really didn't see him a whole lot. You've got De Vries coming up today, so I haven't really caught him.
"It's been fun, but the first couple times out I want them to feel comfortable and I try to learn them as quick as I can and throw my two cents in there, too. But those guys are doing a great job, Scott Diamond also, and giving us chances to win."