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--1B Justin Morneau was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Monday due to the flu. On Monday afternoon, as the team prepared to start a four-game series at Baltimore, Morneau was resting at the team hotel.

--C Drew Butera drove in three runs in his 2-for-4 night Monday. He had a two-run double in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the ninth. Butera now has four RBI this season, though he is still batting just .211 (4-for-19). He will get more playing time in the coming days and perhaps weeks with C Joe Mauer is on the disabled list due to bilateral leg weakness.

"We had some key hits (from players) that you don't expect a lot of hitting out of, and that's key for our baseball team," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Right now we've got two of our biggest hitters out, and some people have to step up and get it done."

--RHP Jim Hoey retired all four batters he faced Monday, impressing the team in his Twins debut. Hoey retired Baltimore 1B Derrek Lee, DH Vladimir Guerrero, 3B Mark Reynolds and CF Adam Jones. He came in with runners on second and first and two outs in the seventh and retired Lee, then retired the side in order to setup RHP Matt Capps' save. His fastball hit 97 mph on the radar gun, and Hoey also mixed in an effective splitter.

--2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka's fractured left fibula is healing as the team had hoped, a recent X-ray revealed, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. Nishioka is currently walking on an underwater treadmill and riding an exercise bike. He will soon be able to jog on the underwater treadmill, and he remains on track to return four to six weeks after breaking his leg April 7.

--RHP Alex Burnett was sent down to Class AAA Rochester following Monday's game, with RHP Eric Hacker coming up to take his place. With RHP Jeff Manship sent down on Sunday and RHP Kevin Slowey on the disabled list, manager Ron Gardenhire needed a long reliever, and he said Hacker would be fill that role. Burnett had allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings over three appearances for the Twins this season. Hacker had thrown 11 scoreless innings in two starts for Rochester, striking out 10 without walking a batter.

2 -- The Twins' current winning streak. Monday's win marked the first time this season Minnesota has won two straight games.

"Pretty impressive, isn't it? ... The ball comes out of his hand different than a lot of guys. It reminds me a little bit of that (Stephen) Strasburg. I mean, it jumps out of his hand." -- RHP Matt Capps on new Twins reliever, RHP Jim Hoey.

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2018 Team Leaders
AVGEddie Rosario , LF.294
HREddie Rosario , LF21
RBIEddie Rosario , LF69
OBPJoe Mauer , 1B.357
SLGEddie Rosario , LF.493
REddie Rosario , LF77
SBEddie Rosario , LF7
WJose Berrios , SP11
ERAKyle Gibson , SP3.51
WHIPJose Berrios , SP1.13
KJose Berrios , SP157
SVTrevor Hildenberger , RP3

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