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Mauer wants to be more durable

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By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer

BLAINE -- Joe Mauer has been warning eager teammate Joe Nathan to avoid overexertion during spring training as the Minnesota Twins closer completes his comeback from elbow surgery that kept him off the mound last year.

"I'm trying to get in his ear, saying, 'April 1st. April 1st,'" Mauer said this weekend, mentioning the date of the season opener. "It's still January."

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