Justin Morneau’s recent outdoor work paid off Sunday when he launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning against Texas, nearly clearing the section behind the overhang in right field.
It was only Morneau’s second homer of the season, which might have been part of the reason he hit the field for early work as soon as weather permitted.
“It’s been nice to be able to get outside side and just do some extra stuff,” he said. “For me to find my swing is … to swing.”
Texas’ Alexi Ogando had held the Twins to one run when Josh Willingham drew a two-out walk before Morneau jumped on a first-pitch breaking ball.
“It was good to see him put a ball in the seats,” catcher Joe Mauer said after the 5-0 victory.
Morneau’s only other home run came April 13, a solo shot that broke up Mets righthander Matt Harvey’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning. The one he hit Sunday was the 206th of his career, one behind Kirby Puckett for fifth on the Twins’ all-time list.
Ejection No. 63
Ron Gardenhire was ejected for arguing in the seventh inning. And he had to work for it.
Eduardo Escobar attempted to bunt Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks over. His bunt was fielded by Rangers pitcher Joe Ortiz, who threw to third to force Arcia on a close play. Both Arcia and third base coach Joe Vavra objected to umpire Alfonso Marquez until Gardenhire ran out to join the discussion.
The Twins manager had a heated exchange with Marquez before turning to the dugout. Marquez said something as Gardenhire walked away, which was enough for him to turn back, make a brief comment and get thrown out.
“I was leaving the field and he turned and said something else to me,” Gardenhire said, “and I turned back, which was not a good idea.”
It was his first ejection of the season and the 63rd of his career. It’s the second time he has been tossed by Marquez, whose call, on replay, appeared to be correct.
Harden backs off
Righthander Rich Harden, on a long comeback trail following shoulder surgery last year, had to be shut down last week after experiencing soreness. Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Harden is better and is expected to return to mound this week.
Harden, signed to a minor league free-agent contract over the offseason, had been throwing live batting practice.
“That’s not unexpected, but we were doing well there for a while and he never had any setbacks and now he came up a little sore in his shoulder,” Ryan said. “So we backed down.
“It’s not unusual for a guy who is coming off of what he’s coming off of to feel a little sore. We aren’t going to push him.”
Both the Twins and Harden understood that his recovery was going to be a long process.
• Brian Dozier was 2-for-4 Sunday and is batting .364 in eight games as the leadoff hitter.
• Righthanders Cole De Vries (forearm) and Samuel Deduno (groin muscle) both will pitch in extended spring training games Tuesday. De Vries will throw around 45 pitches, Deduno 25.
• Lefthander Rafael Perez (shoulder surgery) has been throwing in extended games as well, but his velocity is topping out at 84 miles per hour. The Twins won’t assign him to a minor league club until he gains more strength.
• Class A Cedar Rapids outfielder Adam Brett Walker, a third-round pick last year, was named Twins minor league player of the week. He batted .455 over five games with four home runs and 13 RBI, including a grand slam Friday.
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|Cleveland||11/23/14 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||11/23/14 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||11/23/14 12:00 PM|
|Green Bay||11/23/14 12:00 PM|
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|Arizona||11/23/14 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||11/23/14 3:05 PM|
|Miami||11/23/14 3:25 PM|
|Washington||11/23/14 3:25 PM|
|Dallas||11/23/14 7:30 PM|
|NY Jets||11/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Baltimore||11/24/14 7:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||103||4th Qtr 4:42|
|Minnesota||2||3rd Prd 5:46|
|Detroit||3||3rd Prd 6:08|
|Washington||2||2nd Prd 5:07|
|Chicago||3||2nd Prd 7:41|
|Anaheim||1||1st Prd 11:30|
|Coll of Charleston||57||FINAL|
|VU of Lynchburg||51||FINAL|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||85||FINAL|
|William & Mary||100|
|Bob Jones Univ||41||FINAL|
|South Florida||72||1st OT 0:25|
|Miss Valley St||61||FINAL|
|Winthrop||57||2nd Half 0:18|
|Southern U||33||2nd Half 6:16|
|Morgan State||49||2nd Half 2:49|
|Southern Miss||35||2nd Half 14:15|
|Loyola Marymount||26||2nd Half 15:59|
|Lipscomb||42||2nd Half 12:48|
|Texas-Arlington||36||2nd Half 15:43|
|Idaho||27||1st Half 0:02|
|Fresno State||5||1st Half 13:01|
|Pacific Union||11||1st Half 12:23|
|Denver||11||1st Half 13:03|
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|(12) Kansas State||23||4th Qtr 6:40|
|North Carolina||38||4th Qtr|
|Arkansas State||0||2nd Qtr 12:56|
|Texas-El Paso||11/21/14 7:00 PM|
|Air Force||11/21/14 8:30 PM|
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|Char Southern||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
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|Rutgers||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Minnesota||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|Northwestern||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|(18) Marshall||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|Kansas||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|Indiana||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) Ohio State|
|Penn State||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|(14) Eastern Ky||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|TX-San Antonio||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|SMU||11/22/14 11:00 AM|
|Virginia Tech||11/22/14 11:30 AM|
|Washington St||11/22/14 12:00 PM|
|(13) Arizona State|
|Louisiana Tech||11/22/14 12:00 PM|
|Western Mich||11/22/14 12:00 PM|
|New Mexico||11/22/14 12:30 PM|
|(22) Colorado State|
|Eastern Mich||11/22/14 1:00 PM|
|Appalachian St||11/22/14 1:00 PM|
|Tulsa||11/22/14 2:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|FIU||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|(8) Ole Miss||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Louisville||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Maryland||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Syracuse||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Boston College||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Georgia State||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Tulane||11/22/14 2:30 PM|
|Stanford||11/22/14 3:00 PM|
|Western Carolina||11/22/14 3:00 PM|
|ULM||11/22/14 3:00 PM|
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|Colorado||11/22/14 3:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||11/22/14 6:00 PM|
|Samford||11/22/14 6:00 PM|
|Miami-Florida||11/22/14 6:00 PM|
|Vanderbilt||11/22/14 6:30 PM|
|(4) Miss State|
|(19) Missouri||11/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oklahoma State||11/22/14 6:30 PM|
|(24) USC||11/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||11/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Boise State||11/22/14 9:15 PM|
|Oregon State||11/22/14 9:30 PM|
|Fresno State||11/22/14 9:30 PM|
|UNLV||11/22/14 10:00 PM|
|Ohio U||11/25/14 6:00 PM|
|LSU||11/27/14 6:30 PM|
|(5) TCU||11/27/14 6:30 PM|
|Montreal||11/23/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||11/23/14 3:30 PM|
|San Jose St||80||FINAL|
|St Thomas (TX)||49||FINAL|
|(2) South Carolina||99|
|Fla Gulf Coast||69||FINAL|
|(17) West Virginia||61||FINAL|
|Weber State||38||2nd Half|
|(10) Texas||48||2nd Half 14:21|
|Utah Valley U||44||2nd Half 10:37|
|New Mexico St||11||1st Half 10:57|
|South Dakota||13||1st Half 11:43|
|Santa Clara||7||1st Half 10:26|
|UC Santa Barbara||9|