Twins notes: Seeking table-setters to replace traded Span, Revere

  • Updated: February 16, 2013 - 6:55 AM


FORT MYERS, FLA. - Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is optimistic that the offense will be productive this season, but one key will be who replaces outfielder Denard Span and Ben Revere at the top of the order.

Both were traded during the offseason for pitching help, leaving the Twins without two players who could get on base and use their speed.

"A lot of it is going to depend on the top of the order,'' said Willingham, who reported to camp on Friday. "Denard and Ben did a lot of good things for us, offensively and defensively. We're going to have to get some people to step up and pick up some of the slack.''

Because of Span, Revere and No. 3 hitter Joe Mauer getting on base, Willingham had a career-high 110 RBI last season to go with a career-high 35 home runs, ninth most in club history in a single season. Someone mentioned to Willingham that he set the bar high for himself this season.

"If I don't hit 50 [homers] this year, I'm going home,'' he joked. "I've never hit that many home runs before or driven in that many runs before. A lot of it had to do with some guys at the top of the order. Obviously Joe. Hitting behind him, he was on base all the time.''

Single-game tickets

The Twins, who are experiencing about a 17 percent drop in season ticket sales, will get another indicator of what attendance could be like this season starting Saturday when single game ticket sales begin.

"We expect a good day in regards to single-game sales," Twins President Dave St. Peter said. "The reality is there is more inventory available for single-game buyers, which gives all fans better opportunities to secure seats to the most appealing dates and matchups.''

Tickets can be purchased Saturday at the Target Field ticket office, online at or by calling 612-338-9467 or 1-800-338-9467. They are available at Twins pro shops beginning Monday.


• Third baseman Deibinson Romero is the only position player to not report on time, as he's dealing with visa issues. "They are doing their due diligence,'' General Manager Terry Ryan said. "... I don't know when he is going to come.'' Romero, 26, never has had visa problems until this year, and Ryan stressed that Romero is not at fault.

• Lefthander Rafael Perez, signed to a minor league deal Thursday, will earn $1.2 million if he makes the team. Perez worked out for a number of scouts Tuesday, and the Twins were satisfied that he recovered well from offseason shoulder surgery.

Let's meet



Age: 31

Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent Dec. 9

2012 stats: Hit .244 in 20 games with the White Sox, his first big-league action since 2007. Batted .273 in 80 games with Class AAA Charlotte.

Role: Utility infielder/pinch hitter for Class AAA Rochester if he sticks. Would be emergency option for the major league club.

Other stuff: This is Olmedo's 10th organization. He made the Reds' Opening Day roster in 2004.


  • related content

  • Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Tennessee 13 FINAL
Jacksonville 21
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
New York 97 FINAL
Chicago 103
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Houston 90
Milwaukee 108 FINAL
Sacramento 107
Oklahoma City 109 FINAL
Golden State 114
Florida 2 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 1
Colorado 0 FINAL(OT)
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 1 FINAL
Carolina 4
Washington 5 FINAL(OT)
Columbus 4
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Montreal 1
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Los Angeles 6
Edmonton 3 FINAL
San Jose 4
St Thomas (TX) 61 FINAL
Rice 72
Stony Brook 59 FINAL
Canisius 60
Temple 82 FINAL
Delaware 62
Long Island 69
Lehigh 65 FINAL
Quinnipiac 80
South Alabama 54 FINAL
Richmond 65
Seton Hall 89 FINAL
South Florida 69
Ga Southern 76 FINAL
Stetson 67
Yale 57 FINAL
Vermont 56
Cleveland State 54 FINAL
Virginia 70
Wright State 69 FINAL
Western Carolina 56
Nicholls 54 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 79
Morgan State 48 FINAL
Rider 62
Idaho State 72 FINAL
South Dakota St 75
Oakland City 52 FINAL
Austin Peay 76
Eureka 38 FINAL
Bradley 80
Appalachian St 65 FINAL
Charlotte 75
Connecticut 56 FINAL
Duke 66
Southern Miss 46 FINAL
Jackson State 66
Coastal Carolina 68 FINAL
Ole Miss 71
Montana State 53 FINAL
South Dakota 55
UAB 70
Ohio 69 FINAL
Evansville 81
CS-Dominguez 50 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 72
Walla Walla 39 FINAL
Idaho 86
DePaul 59 FINAL
Oregon State 90
Nevada 65 FINAL
Pacific 69
Portland State 40 FINAL
San Francisco 77
CS-Bakersfield 56 FINAL
Utah State 57
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Niagara 76 FINAL
Cleveland State 58
High Point 59 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 81
Towson 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 74
Presbyterian 50 FINAL
Charlotte 66
Chicago State 62 FINAL
Bradley 59
Northwestern Coll 58 FINAL
Drake 102
Vanderbilt 67 FINAL
Marquette 80
Temple 78 FINAL
Howard 48
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Ole Miss 68
Rider 67
Miami-Florida 74 FINAL
St Mary-KS 51 FINAL
South Dakota 115
William & Mary 71 FINAL
Wofford 51
Troy 82 FINAL
Evansville 94
Loyola Marymount 54 FINAL
USC 96
St Francis-PA 52 FINAL
Duquesne 92
Indiana-Southeast 45 FINAL
Delaware State 52 FINAL
Detroit 74
Tenn Temple 48 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 68
West Virginia St 58 FINAL
Radford 52
Fairfield 47 FINAL
Seton Hall 79
Dartmouth 44 FINAL
New Hampshire 60
Ball State 47 FINAL
Pittsburgh 59
Jacksonville 61 FINAL
Tennessee St 64
Trine 45 FINAL
Western Mich 81
Tenn Tech 53 FINAL
Lipscomb 72
Samford 56 FINAL
Tulane 57
New Orleans 55 FINAL
Tulsa 78
Incarnate Word 61 FINAL
TX-Pan American 65
Ark-Little Rock 42 FINAL
South Dakota St 67
CS-Northridge 77 FINAL
Northern Ariz 71
Santa Clara 88 FINAL
Oregon 92
(19) Oklahoma St 55 FINAL
Weber State 49
Washington 69 FINAL
San Diego State 48
Cal Poly 68 FINAL
New Mexico 84
(10) Louisville 65 FINAL
Grand Canyon 51


question of the day

Poll: Will Christian Ponder ever be a full-time starter in the NFL?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters