Twins Inside Pitch: Cuddyer Returns

Cuddyer returned to the lineup on Tuesday.

In this edition of Twins Inside Pitch, Michael Cuddyer returns to the lineup, Justin Morneau hits a walk-off against Chicago, Jason Tyner gets rewarded for his solid play, and much more:

The White Sox were pushed into a dilemma Tuesday by the streaking Torii Hunter in the Twins' 7-4, 10-inning victory. Hunter could have been walked intentionally with two outs in the eighth, a runner on second and the Twins down 4-3. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen decided not to order a walk, and Hunter singled home the tying run.

Hunter was walked in the 10th to put two runners on, but it allowed Justin Morneau to get to the plate, where he hit a three-run homer to win the game. Morneau had been in a terrible slump entering the game, and he was batting only .148 with runners in scoring position. But he crushed a Nick Masset pitch into the upper deck in right to win the game.

With Hunter building his hitting streak to 22 games Tuesday and Morneau showing signs that he's breaking out of his slump, the Twins offense could start picking up, which would be a big lift for a team struggling to stay over .500.

Last Game:TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 4 (10 innings): Justin Morneau hit two homers Tuesday to give the Twins a come-from-behind victory. Morneau put the Twins up 1-0 in the second before the White Sox came back to take a 4-1 lead off of starter Boof Bonser, who committed a throwing error in the sixth that allowed Chicago to score three runs. The Twins scored three in the eighth to tie the game, including a RBI single by Torii Hunter that increased his hitting streak to 22 games. Morneau then won it in the 10th with a 444-foot three-run homer off White Sox reliever Nick Masset.

NOTES, QUOTES:

  • LF Jason Tyner has taken good at-bats lately and was promoted to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Tuesday. Tyner hasn't chased many bad pitches and had a clutch two-run single Sunday that convinced manager Ron Gardenhire to move him up in the order.

  • OF Jason Kubel did not start Tuesday because he's 0-for-9 against White Sox starter Javier Vazquez. Kubel also has struggled to drive the ball well and is still looking for this first homer of the season. Kubel may not be in the lineup Wednesday against LHP John Danks.

  • OF Michael Cuddyer returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing five games because of a bruised back. Cuddyer had a good pregame workout Sunday, than rested the injury during Monday's off day. He reported to manager Ron Gardenhire that he was ready to go and was inserted at his customary cleanup spot in the order. Cuddyer is pretty durable and is expected to remain in the starting lineup.

  • OF Lew Ford is currently on a rehab assignment at Class AAA Rochester and could be activated by the end of the week, GM Terry Ryan said. Ford has recovered from March knee surgery and currently is getting time at all three outfield spots for Rochester.

  • C Mike Redmond started Tuesday in place of Joe Mauer, who is on the disabled list. Redmond is expected to start Wednesday ahead of Thursday's off day.
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