Morneau gets start at first base facing Red Sox

Morneau gets start at first base facing Red Sox

Morneau gets start at first base facing Red Sox
MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau made his second start of the season at first base on Monday against the Red Sox.

Morneau has almost exclusively started at designated hitter this year to help limit the chances of suffering a setback related to his concussion-related symptoms. His only other start at first came on April 16, when he went 2-for-5 with a home run against the Yankees in New York.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau will see more action at first base moving forward to get ready for Interleague Play, which begins for Minnesota on May 18 in Milwaukee.

"We've talked about that a lot," Gardenhire said. "Being the DH is still a learning process for him. It helps him get through some of the things maybe he couldn't get through playing. But still, he likes to be out there. Mentally, you're into it both ways and you don't sit around thinking about your next at-bat. He likes that part of it, so we're going to put him over there here and there and mix him in as best as we can. But we all know it's about keeping him on the field, too. But he also wants to get out there every once in a while."