Joe Mauer takes foul tips off his catcher's mask all the time, but this one was different.

When Steve Pearce fouled off a Pedro Hernandez fastball in the second inning on Sunday, April 7, the ball smacked off the top of Mauer's helmet and ricocheted at least 30 feet straight up in the air.

"Got me pretty good," Mauer said after a 4-3 comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles. "Right on top. Felt it shoot down my neck. I was kind of out of it for a little while there."

Mauer slumped to his knees for about 30 seconds as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and athletics trainer Dave Pruemer came out to check on the franchise catcher. There was at least some mention of removing Mauer from the game, which would have been inconvenient with no third catcher on the roster.

"They kind of jumped ahead, and I said, 'Give me a couple seconds,' " Mauer said. "I tried to gather myself. As I went on, it started to get better and better. I was able to stay back there and get the win, which was good."

One inning later, Mauer dropped an easy foul pop by former teammate J.J. Hardy for his second error of the season. Hernandez regrouped to get Hardy on an inning-ending double-play ball en route to a solid five-inning spot start, but Mauer was still perplexed by his failure.