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Updated: June 18th, 2010 3:14pm
Orlando Hudson returns, Michael Cuddyer to start at third base

Orlando Hudson returns, Michael Cuddyer to start at third base

by Phil Mackey
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After missing nearly three weeks with a left wrist injury, second baseman Orlando Hudson is back in the Twins lineup tonight at Philadelphia. Hudson will take the place of LHP Jose Mijares, who was reportedly placed on the family emergency list.

With the Twins forced to drop the designated hitter on this nine-game road trip through the National League, manager Ron Gardenhire is forced to be creative if he wants to include all of his big guns in the lineup.

That's why Michael Cuddyer will start at third base tonight in Philadelphia for the first time since 2005.

Cuddyer played 95 games at third in 2005, making 15 errors, and he hasn't been back since.

This is the second nostalgic position switch this season for Cuddyer, who also played second base on May 31 at Seattle.

Here's the full Twins lineup tonight, per the Star Tribune:

CF Denard Span
2B Orlando Hudson
C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
3B Michael Cuddyer
RF Jason Kubel
LF Delmon Young
SS Nick Punto
SP Nick Blackburn

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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