Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Span's determined not to play cautiously

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins offense Updated: March 2, 2012 - 8:19 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Twins center fielder Denard Span wondered how he'd feel this morning, one day after crashing face-first into a chain-link fence, but he woke up relieved.

"It was a pretty good crash," said Span, who was chasing a home run by Trevor Plouffe in a simulated game Thursday. "My neck and all that -- my head feels good. My back’s a little sore, but other than that I feel fine."

Span, who was limited to 70 games last year mostly because of concussion and migraine symptoms, said it was good to get a collision out of the way. He's come to accept that this is the way he plays.

"I’m going to try not to play cautiously," he said. "I’m going to try to go out there and play the game like I always did before I had these concussions. I feel like if you go out there, thinking too much, you’re going to get hurt even more. You have a greater chance of injury by playing half-speed."

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