La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Can Span get going against Gavin Floyd tonight?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 18, 2010 - 4:45 PM

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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