Justin Morneau out of Twins' lineup after taking knee to the head last night

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Justin Morneau left last night’s game after taking a knee to the helmet sliding into the second base to break up a double play and he’s out of the Twins’ lineup for tonight’s game.
Morneau walked off the field under his own power, but according to manager Ron Gardenhire “he was a little dizzy out there” and “said he had to come out.”
Michael Cuddyer shifts from right field to first base with Morneau out and Gardenhire is also giving center fielder Denard Span a day off while using Joe Mauer at designated hitter, so Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil gets to face a Twins lineup that has Jason Repko and Drew Butera in addition to being without the guy with the league’s second-best OPS.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.