Houston Astros defeat Minnesota Twins, 4-1

Sunday's lineup did not look all that familiar to Twins fans.

First baseman Justin Morneau had the day off because of "general soreness" and second baseman Nick Punto did not play because of bruised ribs. The fact that leadoff hitter Denard Span is on the disabled list until at least Thursday because of dizziness caused by an ear infection did not help.

Then right fielder Jason Kubel left in the third inning after throwing up.

The Twins were shorthanded, and it sh...

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau missed his first game since June 23, 2007, on Sunday, ending baseball's second-longest consecutive games streak at 319.

Morneau spent the day in the training room and was unavailable to the media, as the Twins lost to Houston 4-1. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau couldn't even pinch hit but wouldn't specify what was ailing the slugger, other than "general soreness."

The Twins are off today, and Gardenhire said he hopes Morneau ca...