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What happened? Morneau embraced repetition -- some teammates say it's also a little superstition -- as he figured out a daily routine that persists. He gets to the park around 1:45 p.m., eats a sandwich and has a yogurt. He gets loose, does some early batting cage work, grabs a drink and then joins the team for pregame work.
He also likes his macaroni and cheese and sometimes has teammate Nick Punto whip up a mix of a Slurpee and Mountain Dew. Except for the Slurpee Dews, the routine doesn't change.
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer even said Morneau says the same thing to him on the top steps of the dugout before each game.
"He says, 'Let's see what kind of energy we've got tonight,' " Cuddyer said. "I just want him to mix it up and say something like, 'How about we see what kind of energy we have tonight.' "
Morneau took a low point in Seattle and made it into a jumping-off point. The only thing Morneau might change this trip in is how long he sees his buddies. His ticket list this week is in the 30s.
"I'm not going to get pulled around in 100 different directions." he said.
Gardenhire believes Morneau has come a long way since the talk.
"I think the big thing with young players is to first realize that you're not as focused as you should be," Gardenhire said, "And I think, honestly, once he realized what needed to be done to be successful, he ran with it. He just took off and ran with it."
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|Tampa||6||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Cleveland||9||1st Qtr 8:58|
|Golden State||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||5:30 PM|
|New Orleans||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||3:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||4:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
|SMU||51||2nd Half 9:21|
|Quinnipiac||47||2nd Half 7:47|
|Fairfield||49||2nd Half 7:40|
|Marist||41||2nd Half 3:31|
|Iona||53||2nd Half 4:00|
|Oregon State||29||1st Half 2:27|
|South Florida||26||1st Half 1:31|
|Marquette||11||1st Half 14:10|
|Michigan State||3:00 PM|
|Arizona State||7:30 PM|
|Washington St||8:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||65|
|Rhode Island||52||2nd Half 7:55|
|Richmond||48||2nd Half 3:13|
|Davidson||44||2nd Half 1:23|
|St Bonaventure||35||2nd Half 2:36|
|George Mason||38||2nd Half 4:35|
|(22) George Washington||75|
|Indiana||55||2nd Half 1:42|
|(12) Texas A&M||52||2nd Half 6:52|
|Ole Miss||34||2nd Half 6:58|
|(11) Miss State||45|
|Clemson||50||2nd Half 2:46|
|Maine||45||2nd Half 2:42|
|Quinnipiac||75||2nd Half 5:58|
|Saint Peters||43||2nd Half 3:38|
|(4) Notre Dame||67||2nd Half 1:24|
|Wisconsin||55||2nd Half 3:19|
|Stony Brook||46||2nd Half 1:40|
|Northeastern||36||2nd Half 3:21|
|William & Mary||60|
|James Madison||69||2nd Half 3:33|
|Towson||12||1st Half 1:30|
|Illinois State||15||1st Half 7:30|
|Southern Ill||12||1st Half 6:00|
|Northern Iowa||16||1st Half 4:00|
|Minnesota||34||1st Half 3:54|
|(15) North Carolina||25||1st Half 6:34|
|Alabama||21||1st Half 3:00|
|(9) Florida State||29||1st Half 4:39|
|Arkansas||11||1st Half 1:37|
|Georgia||23||1st Half 5:07|
|Dayton||34||1st Half 3:00|
|Drake||23||1st Half 4:23|
|(10) Arizona State|
|(19) Stanford||3:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||3:00 PM|
|(2) South Carolina||4:00 PM|
|Ohio State||4:00 PM|
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