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Twins send veteran Justin Morneau to Pittsburgh in trade

Twins send veteran Justin Morneau to Pittsburgh in trade

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins Saturday for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Texas 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Home runs in the seventh by Chris Hermann and Justin Morneau were Minnesota's first two hits of the game Friday and gave the Twins a 3-2 win over Texas.

MLB: Kansas City 8, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Danny Duffy threw 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday and Salvador Perez hit a pair of two-run homers in Kansas City's 8-1 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Minnesota 6, Detroit 3

DETROIT, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Justin Morneau went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Tuesday, powering the Minnesota Twins over Detroit 6-3.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 3

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Chris Herrmann's one-out single in the ninth drove in Doug Bernier from second Thursday to give Minnesota a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 4

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Conor Gillaspie capped a sixth-inning rally with an RBI single Saturday that gave the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 5 (1st game)

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Justin Morneau hit two home runs, including a grand slam, Friday in the Minnesota Twins' 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader.

MLB: Minnesota 7, Kansas City 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Andrew Albers dominated the Royals over 8 1/3 shutout innings in his major league debut Tuesday, boosting Minnesota to a 7-0 whitewash of Kansas City.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Houston 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Oswaldo Arcia smashed a tie-breaking solo homer in seventh inning Sunday, elevating the Minnesota Twins to a series-sweeping 3-2 win over Houston.

MLB: Minnesota 6, Houston 4

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Ryan Doumit's go-ahead RBI single during a big seventh inning Saturday helped rally the Minnesota Twins over Houston 6-4.

MLB: Kansas City 7, Minnesota 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Billy Butler, one of six Kansas City players to drive in a run Thursday, had two RBI and the Royals extended their winning streak with a 7-2 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Seattle 0

SEATTLE, July 27 (UPI) -- Samuel Deduno fired seven shutout innings and Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a long homer Saturday in the Minnesota Twins' 4-0 blanking of Seattle.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

MINNEAPOLIS, July 20 (UPI) -- Kevin Correia limited Cleveland to two runs over six innings and rookie Chris Colabello provided a key RBI Saturday in Minnesota's 3-2 defeat of the Indians.

MLB: Minnesota 10, New York Yankees 4

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Aaron Hicks led a 14-hit Minnesota attack with a three-run homer Sunday and the Twins cruised to a 10-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist each cracked a seventh-inning homer Monday, sending the streaking Tampa Bay Rays over Minnesota 7-4.
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Mnnesota Twins Justin Morneau (R) is welcomed to homeplate by teammates Denard Span (2) and Joe Mauer, after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Justin Ernest George Morneau (born May 15, 1981) is a Canadian Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman for the Minnesota Twins. At 6 feet 4 inches and 225 lbs, Morneau was originally drafted as a catcher by the Twins in 1999. He converted to first base in the minor leagues and made his MLB debut in 2003. A four-time All-Star, Morneau was the American League Most Valuable Player during the 2006 season and finished runner-up in 2008. He has also won two Silver Slugger Awards and the 2008 Home Run Derby.

Morneau is the youngest son of George Morneau, a hitting coach for many softball and baseball teams, childcare worker, and sporting goods store owner, and Audra Sinclair, an elementary school teacher and former fastpitch softball player. Justin has an older brother, Geordie. His father once played hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings and attended the training camp of the Minnesota North Stars, coincidentally a team representing the same state in which his son would later play baseball.

Morneau grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia, the historic "Royal City," adjacent to Vancouver, where he played hockey for the local minor team, the New Westminster Royals, and emerged as a star goaltender, playing for teams a year older than he was.

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