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Morneau goes deep three times in Twins blowout of ChiSox

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CHICAGO -- Justin Morneau took a swing at history, but settled for a career game.

Morneau homered three times in the second game of a day-night doubleheader and the Minnesota Twins capped a huge day on offense by routing the Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Friday night.

"Those are just days you put in your memory bank and don't expect them to happen," Morneau said.

Morneau became the fourth Twins player to hit three home runs in a game, and Minnesota hit six in all in the nightcap to complete the sweep. The Twins won 20-14 in the opener.

It was the most runs scored by one team in a doubleheader since the Boston Red Sox totaled 35 in a sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics on July 4, 1939, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Morneau hit a three-run drive in the first, a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him 23 this year. He became the first Twins player to hit three in a game since Tony Oliva against Kansas City on July 3, 1973, and he joined a group that also includes Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew.

Morneau had a shot at tying the major league record in the eighth but fell one homer shy. He unleashed a big swing and missed the first offering, then flied to left five pitches later.

"He just missed that last one," teammate Torii Hunter said. "He popped it up, hit it high. We hadn't had anyone do that in 34 years, Tony Oliva, so that's a big honor for him."

Morneau watched a video of his hits from last season on Thursday night and responded with his first three-homer game at any level.

"I was trying to get something good in my mind before I went to bed, and it ended up working," he said.

Hunter added a solo shot in the third after going deep in the early game, Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer in the fifth and pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo had a three-run homer in the seventh.

That came after a day game that featured more runs than any contest in more than eight years. The 34 runs were the most since May 19, 1999, when Cincinnati beat Colorado 24-12, according to Elias.

But a major scare tempered the good vibe for Minnesota.

Twins catcher Mike Redmond sustained a bloody gash on his head after Chicago's Jim Thome accidentally hit him in the head with his bat in the first inning of the second game.

Thome fouled off a pitch and lost control of the bat on the backswing, sending it flying into the right side of Redmond's helmet. Redmond took seven stitches at the ballpark but said he's fine.

Designated hitter Joe Mauer went in to catch for the Twins, meaning starting pitcher Matt Garza became the first pitcher to hit in an American League game since Boston's Hipolito Pichardo at Seattle on July 31, 2000.

Garza (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six in his first start and second appearance this season since being called up from Triple-A Rochester.

Gavin Floyd (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also walked four in his first appearance for the White Sox. Acquired from Philadelphia in the Freddy Garcia trade last December, Floyd was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

"It was hard to watch, hard to feel that way," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You can do nothing about it."

Morneau and Hunter hit consecutive shots in the third -- the third time the Twins did that this year. It was Morneau's fourth multihomer game this season and the eighth of his career.

Morneau became the fourth big league player to connect three times in a game this season, joining Houston's Carlos Lee (April 13), the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (June 8) and Texas' Brad Wilkerson (July 3).

Notes

  • Hunter delivered a highlight reel play in the third inning of the first game when the center fielder raced into the gap to snag Juan Uribe's drive to left-center. He leaped as he backhanded the ball, avoiding a collision with Kubel.
  • The White Sox placed reliever Mike MacDougal on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation and activated right-hander Dewon Day (sore back).
 
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Justin Morneau hits three home runs in Game 2, his first three-homer game at any level.  (AP)
Justin Morneau hits three home runs in Game 2, his first three-homer game at any level. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 6
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B4021100 .306
   a- Jason Tyner, PH1000010 .268
Jason Bartlett, SS6110015 .258
Joe Mauer, DH-C5110122 .310
Michael Cuddyer, RF4221102 .277
Justin Morneau, 1B5336001 .293
Torii Hunter, CF3221110 .304
    Lew Ford, CF0000100 .244
Jason Kubel, LF4120101 .255
Mike Redmond, C0000000 .283
   b- Jeff Cirillo, PH-3B2113003 .276
Nick Punto, 3B-2B4110113 .209
Totals4012151277  
a-struck out for Guerrier in the 9th
b-homered for Garza in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (12, Floyd), Nick Punto (9, Thornton)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (10, Floyd), Justin Morneau 3 (23, Floyd, Floyd, Logan), Torii Hunter (19, Floyd), Jeff Cirillo (2, Logan)
SH - Matt Garza (1)
RBI - Luis Castillo (13), Michael Cuddyer (53), Justin Morneau 6 (72), Torii Hunter (67), Jeff Cirillo 3 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (13), Justin Morneau 4 (27), Torii Hunter (33)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Bartlett-Morneau, Bartlett-Castillo
PB - Joe Mauer (1)
Minnesota Twins
Matt Garza (W,1-0) 6500360 0.00
Matt Guerrier 2000010 1.70
Joe Nathan 1000000 2.17
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 96-62, Matt Guerrier 20-14, Joe Nathan 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-5, Matt Guerrier 4-1
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 23, Matt Guerrier 6, Joe Nathan 3
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4020001 .209
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4010012 .253
Jim Thome, DH3000120 .273
Paul Konerko, 1B4010000 .261
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010002 .246
Jermaine Dye, RF2000012 .214
   a- Luis Terrero, PH-RF1000000 .237
Rob Mackowiak, LF2000100 .255
Josh Fields, 3B2000122 .260
Alex Cintron, SS3000011 .236
Totals2905037  
a-fouled out for Dye in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (15, Garza), Paul Konerko (18, Garza)
CS - Jerry Owens (1, 2nd base by Garza/Redmond)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Iguchi-Cintron-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (L,0-1) 5.2866424 9.53
Boone Logan 0.2355212 5.63
Matt Thornton 1.2411120 5.22
Bobby Jenks 1000020 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 95-57, Boone Logan 24-13, Matt Thornton 39-27, Bobby Jenks 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 13-1, Bobby Jenks 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 28, Boone Logan 7, Matt Thornton 10, Bobby Jenks 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32426
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski