Minnesota Twins defeat Oakland Athletics, 5-4

OAKLAND, CALIF. - Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson likely will miss this weekend's series against Oakland, manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday, adding that the team might have to consider placing Hudson on the 15-day disabled list if he's not ready to return by Tuesday.

The Twins are off Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Royals at Target Field.

Hudson hasn't played since injuring his wrist in a collision with center fielder Denard Span on Sund...

OAKLAND, CALIF. - Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to give Justin Morneau a break this weekend.

"He's in dire need," Gardenhire said before Friday's game at the Oakland Coliseum. "He's beat up, he's playing, but I think physically he's feeling it."

Then Morneau had the kind of game that reminds the Twins why he's indispensable. Every time the Twins scored, Morneau was in the mix.

His two-run homer off Dallas Braden gave the Twins a first-inning lead. He walked ...