=== Pirates acquire Morneau from Twins ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA (Sports Network)  - Locked in a race for the NL Central crown,
 the  Pittsburgh Pirates  bolstered their roster on Saturday, acquiring veteran
 first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins.
 
 Outfielder  Alex Presley is  headed to the Twin Cities, along with a player to
 be named later or cash considerations.
 
 Morneau  was  hitting .259 with 17  home runs, 32  doubles and 74 RBI over 127
 games for the floundering Twins this season.
 
 The  32-year-old native  of  suburban Vancouver  moves on  from  the only  pro
 franchise  he's known  after amassing 221 homers, 289 doubles and 860 RBI over
 1,278 games since breaking into the majors during the 2003 season.
 
 Morneau  won the AL  MVP in 2006 for Minnesota, hitting .321 with career bests
 of  34 HRs  and 130  runs batted  in. He  was a  four-time All-Star  selection
 (2007-10) with the Twins as well.
 
 Presley,  28, participated  in 29 games this season for the Bucs, batting .264
 with  two homers and four RBI. Over his four-year career, all with Pittsburgh,
 the  Louisiana native  has collected  16 homers,  28 doubles,  14 triples  and
 knocked in 49 runs in 204 contests.
 
 Heading into action Saturday, the Pirates and Cardinals are in a dead heat for
 first place, both teams holding 78-56 records.
 
 
 08/31 15:17:48 ET