Justin Morneau was surprised by the reception he got from the coterie of Twins diehards watching him taking live batting practice Tuesday at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Batting against lefty Francisco Liriano on Field 5, Morneau turned on two fastballs, taking one over the chain-link fence in center and rattling the other off the base of it. That earned a raucous reaction from the 50 or so fans in the bleachers outside the backstop.

"Atta boy, Justin!" someone shouted.