Mauer collects five hits. The sun also rises.

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mauer swinging.jpgWe all know what a great player Joe Mauer is, and on Saturday evening in Kansas City he built on that legend.  The Twins catcher finished 5-for-6 with two RBI in Minnesota’s extra-innings victory over the Royals.  It was his third career five-hit game and the 14th time Mauer has tallied four-plus hits.

Mauer, 27, signed a massive $184 million contract extension this spring, but it hasn’t slowed him down one bit.  In fact, he’s off to the one of the best starts of his career, batting .381/.453/.571 with seven doubles, a triple and 12 RBI through 63 at-bats.

The Twins, for those who dabble in the value of standings this early in the season, are 13-5 and sit comfortably atop the American League Central.  With the White Sox struggling mightily and a Detroit pitching staff that includes Dontrelle Willis, the Twins have a real opportunity to run away with that division.