Denard Span is trying to get locked in at the plate. He feels he's close, but Gavin Floyd might help put him over the top.

Span, 2-for-5 last night, is a career .476 hitter against Floyd (10-for-21). Span has had five two-hit games this month but hasn't done it in back-to-back games. If Span can find hiss stroke over the last few weeks of the season, the Twins; offense will be humming perfectly

OPS this month:.

Kubel: 1.032

Mauer: 1.112

Thome: 1.308

The Twins lead the division by four games. The last time they had a lead this big this late in the season was Oct. 3, 2004, when they won it by nine games.

The Nationals have called up Wilson Ramos. He batted .317-2-6 in 15 games with Class AAA Syracuse after the Matt Capps trade.

WHITE SOX (65-54)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexi Ramirez, SS
3. Alex Rios, CF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Carlos Quentin, DH
6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
7. Andruw Jones, RF
8. Omar Vizquel, 3B
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: Gavin Floyd, RHP

TWINS (69-50)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jasosn Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. J.J. Hardy, SS

Pitching Francisco Liriano, LHP

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