Morneau homers during return to New Britain

First baseman rehabbing injury at old stomping grounds

Morneau homers during return to New Britain

PITTSBURGH -- Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau closed down one of his old Minor League haunts in style Saturday night.

On an injury rehab assignment for a cervical neck strain and concussion symptoms suffered in April, Morneau delivered a home run to right field in the fourth inning to lift the New Britain Rock Cats to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in the team's last scheduled night game at New Britain Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 6,429 on Saturday.

The Double-A Rock Cats will emerge as the Hartford Yard Goats next season.

Morneau played at New Britain in parts of the 2001-03 seasons when the team was affiliated with the Twins and Morneau was a top prospect. His homer Saturday was off pitcher Justin Haley.

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