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Justin Morneau powers Twins to win with two homers

Aug 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Justin Morneau AP

This “just in” — Justin Morneau can still hit dingers. The Twins first baseman hit two of them this afternoon against the White Sox: a grand slam in the seventh off of Ramon Troncoso to give the Twins a 5-3 lead, and a solo shot in the eighth to remove the save opportunity for closer Glen Perkins by bumping the score to 7-3. Perkins gave up two runs in the ninth on an Alexei Ramirez single, but held on for the 7-5 victory in game one of the day-night doubleheader.

August has been kind to Morneau thus far. In 36 trips to the plate, he has hit five home runs and has only struck out five times. He entered the afternoon 8-for-11 with the bases loaded, but with no grand slams. The slam is his first since July 20, 2009 when he took Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics deep in a wacky 14-13 loss.

The Twins and White Sox match up again shortly as Liam Hendriks is scheduled to face off against Charles Leesman, making his Major League debut for the White Sox.

  1. polonelmeagrejr - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    gLAD O SEE THIS. dIDN’T HE HVE MAJOR CONCUSSSION POBLEMS A COUPLE YEAS AGO?

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Glad to know this was a simple case of Caps Lock being selected and not you just yelling at us.

  2. polonelmeagrejr - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Sorry about the caps above. Hee’s a key on my keyboad hat makes eveyrhing caps.

  3. dickclydesdale - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Morneau is a pussy for missing all those games the past seasons but good to see him doing good.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Yes, those pesky head injuries are definitely something you shake off like a sore hammy. You live up to the first part of your name.

      • mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Trust me, it’s not the first time he’s heard that.

    • Bryz - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Yeah, he should have toughed it out and gave the Twins 600 more PA of below average hitting for a first baseman.

    • jwbiii - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Duerson#Death

  4. mnwildfan15 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Shhhhh!!! Don’t let the rest of the league know, some of us want to keep him here.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      For 3 million a year not 15.

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