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Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Continuing to lead the National League in batting, Morneau is probably just getting the day off. In a battle of improbable NL batting champions, Morneau has the smallest of leads over Josh Harrison, .318 to .317.
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Morneau went 3-for-4 with six RBI and a pair of runs scored in a blowout win over the Dodgers.
As Morneau's battle for the NL batting title continues, the three-hit effort Wednesday could prove to be a big lift as he tries to stave off Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison during the final 10 days of the season. Morneau is now hitting .320 for the season, with a .363 OBP and .497 slugging percentage in his first campaign with Colorado.
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Morneau (upper body) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.
Morneau was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, but that likely had more to do with the Dodgers owning an 11-3 lead than any concern about the upper-body injury that kept Morneau out the first two games. He was hit by a pitch in his last at-bat in the seventh inning, but still stayed on the field defensively for the final two frames.
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Morneau (upper body) is back in the Rockies' lineup Monday, batting third and playing first base, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.
The only real thing Morneau has to play for this season is a shot at the National League batting title (he's currently batting .315), but that's more than enough for a player to try to battle through pain in meaningless games. He'll probably get a few days off over the final two weeks, but fantasy owners should certainly hold onto him and make sure he's in lineups Monday.
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Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.
Morneau will miss his second consecutive game after he was removed from Friday's contest due to incercostal soreness. It looks like Michael Cuddyer will serve as his primary replacement at first base while he remains sidelined.
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Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.
Intercostal soreness resulted in Morneau's early exit from Friday's game, and he'll sit Saturday as Ben Paulsen steps in at first base. The Cardinals are starting lefty Marco Gonzalez on Sunday, so the Rockies may very well just hold Morneau out through the weekend.
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Morneau left Friday's game with left intercostal soreness.
With Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) expected to remain on the disabled list until Monday, Ben Paulsen will take over the first base role. With the Rockies well out of playoff contention, they will be extra cautious with the 33-year-old, but he is in the hunt for a National League batting title over the final weeks of the season.
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Morneau is out of the lineup Monday against the Mets.
With Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) returning from the disabled list Monday, the Rockies will ease him back into the fold at first base, where he won't be asked to track down fly balls as often as he would in the corner outfield. The day off shouldn't hurt Morneau too much, as the Rockies are set to face off against a left-hander anyway in the Mets' Jon Niese.
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Morneau went 4-for-6 with a run, a home run, and two RBI Saturday against the Padres.
Morneau is having himself an excellent season in his first season as a Rockie. For the past four years prior to the 2014 campaign, Morneau had failed to hit better than .267 for a single season, but since arriving at the hitter-friendly Coors Field, he's batting .309 with 14 homers and 70 RBI.
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Morneau is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Fellow lefty swingers Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are both in the lineup, but Morneau will sit as Matt McBride mans first and bats sixth against Vidal Nuno. Morneau is enjoying a strong bounce-back campaign after a disappointing 2013 season, but he is still batting just .241/.270/.380 against southpaws.