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08/24/08 9:32 PM ET
Morneau joins Killebrew in RBI feat
First baseman reaches 100 RBIs for third straight season
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau joined some elite company on Sunday afternoon when he drove in his 100th RBI of the season. Morneau became only the second Twins player to record 100 or more RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The first was Harmon Killebrew, who accomplished the feat from 1969-1971. "He's a Hall of Famer, 573 homers, and he did a lot more in his career than I've done in mine so far," Morneau said of Killebrew. "He's the guy that has all the power records in our organization, so to have my name next to him is pretty nice. But I still have a long way to go before I come even close to doing anything that he did." Morneau's record-tying RBI came against the Angels in the first inning, when Morneau singled to left field off starter Ervin Santana, scoring Denard Span from third base. The first baseman brought his season total to 102 RBIs by the end of the game. He went 3-for-4, drove in three runs and hit his 20th home run of the season. It also was a performance that helped Morneau snap a dubious streak. He entered Sunday's contest with just one hit in his previous 31 at-bats vs. the Angels, dating to last season. So putting together that type of outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss was a positive for Morneau, even if he said he would have rather come away with a victory. "Hopefully, this is something to build on for me personally," Morneau said. As for his feat, Morneau received his 100th RBI ball and will save it as a keepsake -- one that he says might end up meaning more to him down the road. "It's one of those things that you don't pay too much attention to it while you're playing, but maybe when I'm done playing, I'll look back on it as a pretty good accomplishment," Morneau said. "Right now, we're in a pennant race and going to need more than 100 RBIs. I need to keep driving in runs and helping us win ballgames."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.