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Continued: Sid Hartman: Cuddyer shows confidence as the everyday right fielder

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 10, 2007 - 11:36 PM

One problem, he said, is that he sometimes overthinks.

"You just have to try and relax and do whatever it takes to help the team win," he said. "You know today [Sunday] it didn't matter because we won the game, so hopefully in the games where we need me, I'll get the big hits and that's it."

In three- or four-game spurts, he said, he feels fine. "But I haven't really felt like that for more than three or four days in a row. ... I feel good, and then all of a sudden I think it's going to start going, and then I take a step backwards and you have a couple bad days, so it's been a little frustrating that way."

A lot of hitters would like to have Morneau's statistics, but his own high standards make him a great hitter.

Jottings

In the past, when the Twins had winning teams, they dominated at home. When they won the World Series in 1987 they were 56-25 at home. And in 1991, when they won it again, they were 51-30 at home. As of Sunday, they are a poor 16-16 at home.

If Twins General Manager Terry Ryan is looking for a switch-hitting DH with power, one possibility is Dmitri Young, who is hitting .342 for Washington with 33 RBI and six home runs. A Nationals official here for the Twins series said that Young signed a one-year contract for $850,000 and that he is definitely available for the right deal.

Dr. John Steubs, the Twins' team physician, said that Jason Kubel's injured knee suffered on Saturday was so much improved that an MRI was not scheduled. Kubel said he was sure he could play Tuesday.

Twins pitcher Glen Perkins, who is on the disabled list and hasn't touched a ball for three weeks, will do some throwing here this week. When the team goes on the road next week, the former Gophers lefthander will head for Fort Myers, Fla., for a rehab stint. ... Twins outfielder Rondell White continues to rehab in Fort Myers and ran bases the past couple of days. ... The Twins' minor league player of the week is Nick Blackburn of Class AAA Rochester, a righthander who went 2-0 last week with a .000 ERA in 17 innings. Blackburn, who moved up from New Britain, pitched a nine-inning shutout this past week vs. Indianapolis. He was the 29th pick in the 2001 draft.

The Timberwolves will continue to work out prospects for the NBA draft today with Chris Richard of Florida, Herbert Hill of Providence and Anthony Tolliver of Creighton on hand at Target Center. Two of the players scheduled for Wednesday are Dustin Salisbury of Temple and Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen.

Friday will be big with a great group to Corey Brewer of Florida, Julian Wright of Kansas, Florida State's Al Thornton and Thaddeus Young of Georgia Tech.

Tony Batista, who started the 2006 season as the everyday third baseman for the Twins but was released last June, is now hitting .304 for Washington after spending time with Class AAA Columbus. ... Former Twins outfielder Michael Restovich is back in Columbus after hitting only .143 with the Nationals.

Craig Dahl, who was a college hockey coach for 25 years and is now selling insurance for Principal Financial Group, is proud of the fact that he coached two St. Cloud State players who were with the Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes last year and two who were on the champion Anaheim Ducks this year. Bret Hedican and Matt Cullen were with Carolina last year. Joe Motzko and Mark Hartigan are the former Huskies who played for Anaheim this season. Meanwhile, Dahl has been very successful in the insurance business, joining the top 1 percent in sales for his company.

Gophers shortstop Dan Lyons was drafted in the 14th round by the Nationals.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Podcast twice a week at www.startribune.com/sidcast. shartman@startribune.com

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