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Punto out of lineup; Morneau starts at DH

Punto out of lineup; Morneau starts at DH

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins made a couple lineup moves for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

Infielder Nick Punto was out of the lineup after starting for the first time in four games on Friday. Manager Ron Gardenhire said swinging is still tough on his sore left ring finger when he bats right-handed. With C.J. Wilson, a left-hander, starting for Texas, it was decided Punto would sit the game out.

Gardenhire said Punto feels good when batting left-handed and is expected to be back in the lineup in the next few days. Brendan Harris started at third Saturday for the Twins.

Justin Morneau started as the designated hitter for the Twins on Saturday as well. Gardenhire said Morneau approached him before the game and asked "What's the DH spot looking like today?" When Gardenhire said it was open, the first baseman asked if he could fill it.

"Most players are going to want to play no matter what, but we talk about being smart about it," Gardenhire said. "If you get a DH day and you want to use it, go for it."

Morneau is expected to start at first base in Sunday's series finale against the Rangers.

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