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Morneau a little behind at the plate

After playing in only 150 games over the past two seasons, Justin Morneau is showing some rust at the plate. He's off to a 3-22 start this spring -- something manager Ron Gardenhire expected. Gardenhire says Morneau is going to have some good days and bad days, but the important thing is that he is healthy now.
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After playing in only 150 games over the past two seasons, Justin Morneau is showing some rust at the plate. He's off to a 3-22 start this spring -- something manager Ron Gardenhire expected. Gardenhire says Morneau is going to have some good days and bad days, but the important thing is that he is healthy now.

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