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Howie Kendrick Back In Angels Starting Lineup Vs. Twins

After being out of the lineup for two of the last three games, Howie Kendrick is back in the Angels' lineup Thursday night as the Angels battle the Twins in the rubber game of a three-game series. Kendrick was in a slight slump -- just two for his last 13 -- but did not start a couple times this week. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Twins (51-59)

Span CF
Mauer 1B
Cuddyer 2B
Kubel RF
Thome DH
Valencia 3B
Young LF
Nishioka SS
Butera C

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire announced today that Justin Morneau will began a rehab assignment with Triple A Rochester on Friday. Morneau has been out since June 10 with a left wrist strain.

Angels (60-51)

Izturis DH
Callaspo 3B
Hunter RF
Wells LF
Kendrick 2B
Trumbo 1B
Aybar SS
Bourjos CF
Mathis C

The Angels begin the night one game behind Texas in the American League West. The Angels are 3-2 against the Twins this season.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read Halos Heaven.