All-Star Mauer swinging a hot bat

All-Star Mauer swinging a hot bat

All-Star Mauer swinging a hot bat
DETROIT -- With three more hits against the Tigers on Tuesday, Twins catcher Joe Mauer raised his average above .330 for the first time this season.

Mauer, who ranks third in the American League with a .332 batting average, leads the AL with a .420 on-base percentage entering Wednesday's game.

He's been on fire recently, as he carries a 12-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game and is hitting .427 in 22 games since June 2.

But Mauer, who was named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career, said he's not quite ready to think about winning a fourth batting title.

"It's funny every year -- I've won three batting titles -- and this is kind of the time of year where it starts to pick up the talk about that," Mauer said. "But I've never really paid too much attention to that or my average or where other guys' average is at. It's more of a mid-to-late September deal. But yeah, I'm swinging the bat well and hopefully I'll continue to do that."