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Published September 21, 2010, 07:59 PM

MRI on Mauer's Knee Shows Minor Inflammation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins say an MRI on Joe Mauer's sore left knee shows only tissue inflammation and no structural damage.

Manager Ron Gardenhire says Mauer may need a cortisone shot to help with the pain, but only expects him to be out for a few more days. If he does take a shot, Gardenhire said the reigning AL MVP will miss four or five games tops.

It's a big relief for the Twins, who have been without slugger Justin Morneau for more than two months because of a concussion.

Mauer is hitting .331 and is a big reason for the team's surge to the top of the standings. He is batting .383 since the All-Star break.

The Twins entered Tuesday night's game against Cleveland with a

magic number of two to clinch the AL Central title.

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