When the Minnesota Twins swept three games from the Houston Astros last month, they had Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Neither is available for the Twins this time.
Minnesota visits Minute Maid Park for the first time in seven years to start a three-game set Monday that begins with few recognizable players and rookie starters on the mound for these rebuilding teams.
Morneau was 5 for 13 and Mauer was limited to one hit in 11 at-bats when Minnesota swept Houston from Aug. 2-4. Morneau, however, was dealt to Pittsburgh on Saturday while Mauer is not with the club on this trip as he recovers from a concussion.
The youth movement is in full swing, with both teams using three rookies in their Sunday lineup.
Minnesota (59-76) gave catcher Josmil Pinto his big league debut in a 4-2 victory over Texas, also starting 33-year-old rookie Doug Bernier and first baseman Chris Colabello.
Houston (45-91) ended a five-game skid with a 2-0 home win over Seattle, with rookies Robbie Grossman, L....