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Mauer, Twins agree to contract

Updated: February 11, 2007, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- AL batting champion Joe Mauer and the Twins agreed Sunday to a $33 million, four-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration and giving one of the team's young stars the security of a long-term deal.

The 23-year-old catcher hit .347 with 84 RBIs last year to help the Twins rally from a 12½-game deficit to win the AL Central on the final day of the regular season. He played in his first All-Star game last summer.

"I'm real excited to be in Minnesota for the next four ...

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