Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (4-3)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Apr 13, 2005
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The Minnesota Twins may not need Justin Morneau’s bat against the Detroit Tigers.

The Twins continue to play without one of their top power hitters as they go for their eighth straight win over the Tigers in the second game of their series at the Metrodome.

Morneau, Minnesota’s first baseman, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday while he continues to recover from getting hit in the head by a pitch last Wednesday against Seattle.

Morneau hasn’t improved much since that game. Though a second CT scan Monday revealed no damage, he is still bothered by dizziness and headaches and will probably wait until at least Friday before attempting any baseball activities.

“Anybody that’s ever been hit in the head … it’s one of those experiences that ultimately is going to take time to get over,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “He doesn’t feel like he can participate.”

Matthew LeCroy will continue to play first most days while Morneau, who hit 19 homers in 74 games last season, is out. LeCroy is batting .263 with one home run and four RBIs in five games.

The Twins have had their way with the Tigers, winning seven straight against them dating back to last July.

Shannon Stewart hit an RBI ground-rule double off Troy Percival with one out in the ninth inning, giving Minnesota a 5-4 victory.

It was the first earned run Percival allowed in 40 1-3 career innings against the Twins. Before Stewart’s big hit, Percival was the only active major leaguer with at least 40 innings logged against one opponent with an ERA of zero.

Percival has given up five hits, three runs and two walks in 3 1-3 innings this year.

Returning from a viral infection that kept him out the last four games, Magglio Ordonez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts for Detroit.

Craig Monroe, a career .348 hitter against the Twins, went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Tigers. Monroe is tied with Dmitri Young for the team lead in RBIs with eight.

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