Quote to note

Quote to note

"He's just letting it fly more. ... You'd never see him swing 2-0 in the past. He's taking rips. ... Joe's opening up a little bit more. I know he went deep, 2-0, at home. That was a high fastball, and [he] ripped that one in the seats. He's just being more aggressive. So, it's going to happen. He's almost normal."
-- Gardenhire on Mauer, who's second on the club with 58 strikeouts, but also has a .328 batting average, seven home runs and 23 RBIs entering Saturday's game

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.