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Morneau continues to sit with the flu


MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau missed his second consecutive start due to illness on Sunday against the Mariners.

The first baseman, who missed Saturday's 5-4 thriller with Seattle at Target Field due to the flu, is still suffering symptoms and did not start the series finale. Manager Ron Gardenhire did say he might be available later in the game if he is feeling better.

"Basically he left me a text saying, 'If I play today at all it'd have to be DH,'" Gardenhire said. "So he's still feeling it pretty good, stomach the whole package. I told him that's not good, we don't want to mess with that … He's here and we'll see about availability as the game goes on."

Joe Mauer filled in for Morneau at first -- his first stint at the corner since April 27th's 7-2 victory over Texas. It was also just his second start at first this year.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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