Joe Mauer is back in the thick of another American League batting title race and it has his juices flowing.

"I'm not going to lie," he said. "That'd be nice to get back up there and win it."

Mauer went 3 for 4 with two walks in a 6-5, 12-inning victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, Sept. 18, raising his batting average to .325 with 14 games remaining. That ranks him third in the AL behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (.333) and Angels rookie Mike Trout (.329).

Mauer won American League batting titles in 2006 (.347), 2008 (.328) and 2009, when he batted .365 and won the AL MVP Award. In an injury-plagued 2011 season, Mauer hit a career-low .287 in 82 games.