The Twins look to avoid matching the franchise's longest home losing streak in 56 years on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Minnesota (61-79) dropped its ninth straight game at Target Field on Saturday with an 11-2 loss to Toronto (66-76), which received two three-run homers from Adam Lind.
Another defeat for the Twins on Sunday would be the team's first 10-game home losing streak since Sept. 15-29, 1957, when the franchise was still known as the Washington Senators.
Not much has gone right for the Twins during the skid as they've posted a 6.11 ERA, have scored 20 runs and are batting .167 with runners in scoring position.
Mauer, who ranks third in the AL with a .324 average, hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Aug. 19. He took batting practice with the team before Saturday's game but a timetable for his return still hasn't been established.
Toronto's Esmil Rogers (4-7, 4.76 ERA) will try to keep Minnesota's offense grounded after breaking an 11-start winless slump his last time out. Rogers tossed 6 1-3 shutout innings while yielding one hit in a 4-1 win at Arizona on Monday, his first victory since June 18.
He also didn't allow a home run after surrendering eight over 22 1-3 innings in his five August games.
"I just try to do everything I can to be here," said Rogers, who has made 40 appearances including a career-high 16 starts in his first season with the club. "I'm going to get a couple of more opportunities to start and I have to get ready."
Saturday's win was the Blue Jays' ninth in 12 games and improved them to 10-3 at Target Field.
Lind has a 1.011 on-base plus slugging over his last 20 contests with 13 RBIs and a pair of two-homer games, making a good impression as Toronto owns a team option on his contract the next three years.
"Adam's always been a good player for this organization," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know how the team will stack up next year. But I don't think he needs to audition. He's proven himself over time."
Lind will try to keep it going against Minnesota left-handed rookie Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.96), who was shelled Monday, allowing five runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-6 win at Houston. He had thrown at least seven innings in four of his first five big league starts.
"Today I left a lot of balls up and left a lot of balls right over the middle and they made me pay," Albers said. "It obviously wasn't a very good day."
Trevor Plouffe is batting .324 through his last 19 contests with eight doubles.
Ryan Doumit is 2 for his last 14 but 3 for 9 off Rogers.
Rogers has never started versus the Twins, going 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in six relief appearances against them.
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