Morneau looks ready for Wednesday return

Justin Morneau is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday and it's looking more and more like he'll be in the lineup when the Twins play the Tigers that night. The first-baseman took live batting practice for the first time in two weeks before Monday's game and says he's "optimistic" he'll be in the lineup soon.
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Justin Morneau is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday and it's looking more and more like he'll be in the lineup when the Twins play the Tigers that night. The first-baseman took live batting practice for the first time in two weeks before Monday's game and says he's "optimistic" he'll be in the lineup soon.

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