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Mauer's absence a huge test for Twins

Minnesota's resiliency will once again be challenged with its star catcher sidelined

Originally Published: March 23, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Johan Santana headed east. The Minnesota Twins survived. Just as they always do.

Torii Hunter headed west. The Minnesota Twins lived to tell about it. Just as they always do.

If there's any team in sports more used to answering questions about the men who aren't there than the Twins, we'd hate to see its alumni rolls -- or its trainers' room. But now, here we go again.

And this time, it's tricky. This time, the questions are about a man who's just about ...

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