Joe Mauer has played 14 games at first base this season, which hardly qualified him for the all-star ballot at that position. Still, he was good enough for American League manager Ron Washington, who sent the Twins' lone representative to the 2012 Midsummer Classic into the game as the first baseman in the top of the eighth inning.

Mauer said he was a little surprised, but he clearly knew it was a possibility.

"I brought my first baseman's glove along just in case," he said, "and I'm glad I did."

Playing in his fifth All-Star Game, Mauer got one at-bat, singling off Arizona left-hander Wade Miley to lead off the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday night, July 10. By then, the AL already was trailing 8-0 and in fact had been trailing by five from the first inning, when Justin Verlander gave up five runs.