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Morneau showed off his skill with the glove, too, with three smooth scoops of one-bounce throws to first base. The most eye-catching sequence came in the third, when Alexi Casilla dived to make a one-hop stop of Quentin's smash to second, found the ball after it escaped his glove and bounced off his body, and fired to first for the inning-ending out.
Notes: Minnesota's Carlos Gomez entered the game in the eighth in CF, moving Span to RF. Gomez hadn't played since hurting his back in a collision with the wall in Cleveland while he made a highlight-reel catch. ... Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen decided against sliding slumping 1B Paul Konerko down from No. 6 in the lineup. He said he wants to show faith in him. "He's not swinging the bat that bad. We've got guys who struggle also," Guillen said. ... Twins RF Michael Cuddyer took some swings before the game and put a glove on for the first time in a month. That was progress, but Cuddyer will need a brief rehabilitation assignment for his injured hand and still could be out another two weeks. ... White Sox RHP Jose Contreras (elbow) threw a bullpen session before the game, and told Guillen he felt strong. Contreras could be back in early August.
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