Minnesota Twins defeat Cleveland Indians, 6-3

The Twins rallied for a 6-3 victory over Cleveland on Monday without first baseman and cleanup hitter Justin Morneau -- and they will have to continue to win without him.

Morneau has been found to have a stress fracture of the L5 vertebra in his lower back and will not play in the Twins' remaining 18 games. He will not need surgery but will need about three months to recover and is expected to be ready for the 2010 season.

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Justin Morneau isn't the Twins' only big bat expected to miss the final 2 1/2 weeks of the regular season. Third baseman Joe Crede, who was signed to solidify the infield but suffered several physical breakdowns, is likely done for the season because of a stiff lower back.

Crede struck out four times Sunday as the designated hitter, then informed Twins manager Ron Gardenhire that he couldn't swing the bat the way he wanted.

"He didn't feel very good swinging," Garden...