5/29/2013 2:52 P.M. ET
Mauer's homers under scrutiny as of late
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Joe Mauer was a little surprised that the umpiring crew reviewed his seventh-inning home run in Monday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park. He was even more surprised given that it was the second time a home run of his was in question in three days.
Mauer's drive to left field Monday was initially ruled a ground-rule double by second-base umpire Angel Hernandez, but crew chief Dana DeMuth ruled it correctly as a homer after a brief review. On Saturday, a Mauer home run was reviewed and upheld against the Tigers.
"I was more surprised that that's the second time that's happened to me in three days," Mauer said. "I'm glad they went in there and looked at it and got it right. I'm 2-for-2, so that's good."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was in the clubhouse talking with starting pitcher Kevin Correia on Monday when he saw Mauer's drive and Hernandez's ruling. Gardenhire ran onto the field to make sure the umpires took a second look.
"It's always easier to see it on TV than it is close up, and when you're out there as an umpire, running out towards the line, sometimes it's tough," Gardenhire said. "That's why we have that replay to get it right, hopefully."
Mauer's homer was the second implementation of video review at Miller Park this season. The umps also conferred April 30 and overturned a call, resulting in a home run for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.
Gardenhire repeats new lineup in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire shook up the lineup for Interleague Play against the Brewers on Monday, moving Joe Mauer from his yearlong spot hitting second into the three-hole.
Tuesday's lineup looked the same, with Mauer still in the middle of things and Brian Dozier batting second, Josh Willingham fourth and Justin Morneau fifth.
"I just told Gardy, you know, whatever he thinks is best; I just want to hit," Mauer said. "Whether it's second or third, obviously we want to give ourselves the best chance to win. I guess he feels that me hitting third now is our best chance. Hopefully that's the case."
Gardenhire said Monday that pushing Mauer down a spot allowed the Twins to try to put players with speed and bunting ability ahead of him in the lineup.
"See if we can get those guys in the middle to drive 'em in," Gardenhire said. "Just put a few more options in front of them. We'll see. We'll soon find out."
Mauer hit his fourth home run of the year Monday, an opposite-field shot off Brewers reliever Tom Gorzelanny. The home run was just Mauer's second off a left-handed pitcher in the last three seasons. Mauer hit 16 homers off lefties from 2008-10.
"I like hitting here," Mauer said of Miller Park. "It's a beautiful park, and the ball flies a little bit better."
Plouffe returns from DL; Colabello sent down
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Gardenhire had said the Twins would make a roster move Wednesday to make room for third baseman Trevor Plouffe's return from the seven-day disabled list in time for Minnesota's game against the Brewers at Target Field, and that they did, optioning outfielder Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester.
Plouffe was placed on the DL with a concussion May 22 after he was struck in the head by Braves second baseman Dan Uggla's shin while breaking up a double play on a slide into second base.
Gardenhire said Plouffe's recovery had been moving along well.
"Getting Plouffe back is going to help," Gardenhire said. "He's one of our guys that we hope can drive the ball."
Plouffe was hitting .254 with four home runs, nine doubles and 17 RBIs in 37 games and 134 at-bats before the injury.
Colabello went 1-for-11 in five games with the Twins.
Roenicke has rare time with uncle on field, afterward
MILWAUKEE -- On Monday, Twins reliever Josh Roenicke made his second relief appearance at Miller Park against Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, his uncle.
Josh Roenicke threw 2/3 of an inning in Minnesota's 6-3 win, his fifth outing against teams Ron Roenicke has managed.
"It's always cool to play against him," the Twins right-hander said. "Now he's the head honcho, the manager, so it's definitely fun."
While with the Blue Jays in 2009 and 2010, Roenicke made three appearances against the Angels, where his uncle was a bench coach.
He threw an inning in two separate outings against the Brewers last season, and Monday was his first appearance against them this year.
Roenicke said his aunt and uncle took him and his family out to dinner at a hotel restaurant after Monday's game to catch up and talk about baseball and golf.
"It was nice to catch up with him; we only see them about once a year for the holidays or something," Josh Roenicke said. "Whenever I can see them during the season, it's always nice."
In 2010, when the Brewers were interested in making an offseason trade for Shaun Marcum, Ron Roenicke called his nephew to get some inside info on his then-teammate with the Blue Jays. Roenicke wanted to know what type of teammate Marcum was in the clubhouse, and he made the call again last year, when the Brewers were interested in Jason Frasor, another one of Josh Roenicke's former Toronto teammates.
• Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .411 in Interleague Play, the highest average this season in baseball.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.