--DH Justin Morneau was relieved to hear his sore left wrist should heal with treatment but still unsure when he will rejoin the lineup after traveling back to Minnesota to be examined by the surgeon who repaired a tendon in September. "Everything structurally looked good," he said. "Timeline, he's not sure exactly on how long until it'll be better. It just needs to get to the point where it's tolerable and not something that lingers."
--LHP Liam Hendriks continued pitching himself out of the rotation, regressing for the third consecutive outing. He allowed six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings and is now 0-4 with a 7.41 career ERA.
--3B Trevor Plouffe: Made his first major league start at third because Danny Valencia was held out with a stiff back. Plouffe has played the position in the minors and the shortstop-turned-outfielder also played two games at second last week when Alexi Casilla was sick. "I've played more games there than I have than the outfield," he said about third base. "I feel like I'm prepared. I know the bunt plays. It's my job to play anywhere so I'm ready."
--RF Clete Thomas is getting every chance to break out of a horrific slump in which he has struck out 15 times in his last 19 at-bats.
--Manager Ron Gardenhire was scheduled to fly back to the Twin Cities on a red-eye flight out of Los Angeles to attend the graduation ceremony Saturday of his youngest daughter (Tara) at Southwest Minnesota State. Bench coach Scott Ulger will manage the Twins this weekend during their three-game series in Seattle.
BY THE NUMBERS
4: Three-game series in which the Twins have been swept, which is half their schedule.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"This is definitely tough. But ain't nobody going to feel sorry for us. This is unacceptable. We're better than this." -- CF Denard Span
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