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Twins activate Joe Mauer

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The Minnesota Twins activated first baseman Joe Mauer from the disabled list. Mauer missed 25 games due to a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms resulting from a dive for a foul ball. Mauer, obviously, has suffered concussions in the past, so caution was the order of the day, obviously.

Mauer went hitless in 10 at-bats over three games with Triple-A Rochester. He’s hitting .283/.404/.355 on the season.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.