Minnesota Twins defeat Seattle Mariners, 5-4

SEATTLE - Michael Cuddyer and Nick Punto sat on the Twins' flight to Seattle late Sunday night, discussing the team's lineup options with second baseman Orlando Hudson out because of a left wrist injury.

Together, they realized it might be best for Cuddyer to briefly return to second base.

"Nick decided to go back and tell [manager Ron Gardenhire]," Cuddyer said. "I guess Gardy said he'd already been thinking about it."

Gardenhire trusted Cuddyer enough to give hi...

SEATTLE - The Twins placed infielder Alexi Casilla on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow following Monday's 5-4 victory over the Mariners and recalled infielder Matt Tolbert from Class AAA Rochester.

Casilla said he is strongly considering having arthroscopic surgery to remove the spur from the elbow, which would keep him out for at least four weeks. Casilla, a switch-hitter, said the injury pains him to swing, especially right handed.

"I ca...

SEATTLE - One day after colliding with second baseman Orlando Hudson on a game- winning catch, Twins center fielder Denard Span was relieved after Hudson texted him with an update.

Hudson had remained in Minnesota for tests on his surgically repaired left wrist, but he is expected to rejoin the team in Seattle on Tuesday. General Manager Bill Smith said the team hopes Hudson can return to the lineup in two to three days.

"Everybody knows we need him on the field," Sp...