Morneau to miss first round.

If the Yanks face the Twins in the first round, they will not have to face Justin Morneau. Morneau is still recovering from a concussion. In only half a season of play (80 games), Morneau was on an MVP-type pace, .345-18-56.

The Seattle Times also reports that catcher Joe Mauer returned to the Twins’ lineup for the first time since hurting his left knee 11 days ago. And shortstop J.J. Hardy also played after missing seven of the last eight games with a sore knee and migraine headaches.

I know what Yankees’ fans are thinking…but be careful what you wish for.

LoHud reports that the Red Sox were interested in Kerry Wood but were outbid by the Yankees.

Josh Hamilton will play for the Rangers, but it won’t be easy. He broke two ribs on September 4th, and Evan Longoria of the Rays has missed seven consecutive games with a strained quad.

Survival of the fittest, anyone?    

And among the non-contenders, Miggy Cabrera and Felix Hernandez have been shut down…

    

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