Twins activate the "O-Dog" from the disabled list

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According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins activated second baseman Orlando Hudson from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and will start him this afternoon against the Indians and left-hander David Huff.

Hudson, 32, spent the last two-plus weeks recovering from a left oblique strain while Alexi Casilla filled in at second base.  The Twins are undoubtedly pleased to have the more offensively-potent Hudson back near the top of the starting lineup.

Hudson was batting .285 with a .356 on-base percentage, a .387 slugging percentage, four home runs and 27 RBI in 323 at-bats before the left oblique injury.  He’s batting second on Sunday behind center field fill-in Jason Repko and in front of catcher Joe Mauer.

Right-handed reliever Anthony Slama was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.