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Updated: June 5th, 2010 6:26pm
Another infield outage: Morneau, Hardy not in lineup

Another infield outage: Morneau, Hardy not in lineup

by Tom Pelissero
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Can the Minnesota Twins infield catch a break?

A day after Justin Morneau delivered a big performance in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Oakland, the first baseman has come down with the flu and isn't in the lineup for tonight's game.

With Michael Cuddyer on the bereavement list, Brendan Harris will make a rare start at first base. Nick Punto will be back at second in place of Orlando Hudson, whose wrist remains too sore for him to swing, and rookie Danny Valencia will get the nod again at third.

Only shortstop J.J. Hardy -- who will bat second and is battling a sore wrist -- is in his usual spot in the infield. UPDATE: Strike that. Hardy was a late scratch because of the wrist, putting Matt Tolbert into the lineup at second and bumping Punto over to shortstop.

As Patrick Reusse writes, this sort of chaos by midseason has become the norm for the Twins infield.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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