(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The first thing on Justin Morneau's mind is Minnesota's place in the standings. The Twins are 65-91, barely ahead of last year's 99-loss pace.
The other frustrations for the 31-year-old first baseman are a .273 batting average, 19 home runs and 77 RBIs. Those aren't bad numbers by any view, particularly given the myriad health problems Morneau has had to overcome to get here.
But despite his less-than-fulfilled feeling about the 2012 season, the Twins can't help but be glad. For the first time since 2008, even though these games down the stretch haven't meant much other than a source of pride and the opportunity to spoil the playoff race for others, Morneau is still on the field after mid-September.
''I'm not just happy to be out there,'' Morneau said. ''I'm just grinding through. I'm not going to be satisfied when the team's in last place. To be out there is a start, and hopefully next year we're playing for something and ...