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Twins' Morneau accepts DH role

Justin Morneau fully expected to play first base for the Twins on Opening Day. But the slugger tells the Pioneer Press if it makes more sense for him to be the full time designated hitter, he'll do what's good for the team.
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Justin Morneau fully expected to play first base for the Twins on Opening Day. But the slugger tells the Pioneer Press if it makes more sense for him to be the full time designated hitter, he'll do what's good for the team.

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