No serious talks between the Twins and Mauer yet

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People with the Twins have said that they want to make a Joe Mauer extension a Christmas gift for Twins fans. The word right now from LaVelle Neal of the Star-Tribune, however:

“A person of
influence in the Joe Mauer contract talks: 1. No serious negotiations
have begun. 2. Absolutely no deadlines have been set.”

Only three weeks to go, friends. You had best get shopping.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.