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Twins' Mauer gets key hit in All-Star Game

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NEW YORK, NY (AP) -- Catcher Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins' only representative to see action in this year's All-Star Game, got a key hit as the American League blanked the National League 3-0 at Citi Field in New York Tuesday night.

Mauer was a starter for the American League team that won 3-0 in Tuesday's game. He was the AL's No. 8 hitter and had two at-bats before he was pulled. Closer Glen Perkins, meanwhile, did not enter Tuesday's game -- his first All-Star Game of his career.

In his first at-bat of the night, Mauer lined out to left field to end the top of the second inning. Mauer came to the plate in the top of the fifth inning with Baltimore's Adam Jones on second base and nobody out. On a 2-2 count, Mauer hit a grounder toward shortstop that Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki couldn't make a play on. Mauer reached first base safely, while Jones scampered to third.

Tuesday marked Mauer's sixth career All-Star Game in his 10-year career. In last year's All-Star Game, Mauer had just one at-bat as a reserve and picked up a single in the American League's 8-0 loss to the National League. His first All-Star appearance came in 2006, and he made three straight All-Star teams from 2008-10.

Perkins -- who had 21 saves at the All-Star break -- never got his chance to pitch Tuesday, as his former teammate and good friend Joe Nathan pitched the ninth inning.

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