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Mauer to rejoin Twins on Tuesday

SEATTLE -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer has chosen to remain with his wife and newborn twin daughters in the Twin Cities and will rejoin the team Tuesday against Kansas City.

SEATTLE -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer has chosen to remain with his wife and newborn twin daughters in the Twin Cities and will rejoin the team Tuesday against Kansas City.

The Twins are "fully supportive" of Mauer's decision, baseball communications director Dustin Morse said Friday, and want fans to know there is no tension between the team and the six-time All-Star.

"Family has always come first with the Twins," Morse said. "The babies are healthy. Everything is fine. But Joe has made a personal decision to stay with his family for a few more days, and we support that."

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Twins will have to place Mauer on the restricted list without pay. That period would start today as the CBA allows up to three days on the paternity list.

Mauer left the team just before Tuesday night's game in Anaheim to fly to the Twin Cities for the birth. He burst into the delivery room with 30 minutes to spare to join his wife, Maddie.

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The Mauer twins, Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa, were born at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Joe Mauer was placed on the restricted list Wednesday, and catcher Drew Butera was recalled from Class AAA Rochester to take his place on a temporary basis.

Each day on the restricted list costs Mauer $125,683.06 per day. Monday is a scheduled off day, so the Twins could choose to restore Mauer to their active roster a day early in order to limit his financial penalty for putting family first.

Carol Gardenhire, wife of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, had jokingly mentioned to her husband this week that because the Mauers had twins, he might legally be entitled to a six-day stay on the paternity list.

"My wife is a paralegal graduate," Gardenhire said. "She said, 'If he wanted to fight the system, he could take six days instead of three.' I was like, 'Carol, go back to sleep.' "

Since Mauer returned home, the Twins are 1-2. They came within one out Thursday night of suffering their first consecutive shutout losses since May 1-2, 2012.

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SEATTLE -- Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and Seattle scored six runs in the second en route to an easy victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.

Iwakuma (10-4), who won his third straight decision, struck out nine and walked one. Since moving into the starting rotation on July 2, 2012, Iwakuma has gone 18-8 with a 2.78 ERA in 38 starts.

Against the Twins, Iwakuma is 4-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 2/3 consecutive innings over his four starts -- Minnesota's third-longest streak. He has held the Twins to a .168 batting average with eight walks and 24 strikeouts.

Felix Hernandez, who was set to start Friday, has the fourth-longest streak at 24 straight scoreless

innings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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