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 scratched with a stiff neck; Twins/Yankees on TV

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: March 11, 2012 - 11:44 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Twins center fielder Denard span was scratched from today's lineup with a stiff neck and is day-to-day.

General Manager Terry Ryan said it's not concussion related or anything, just a stiff neck that came up during Saturday's game against the Pirates.

"If this is the biggest injury we have to worry about this spring, we're in good shape," Ryan said.

Before Span was scratched, the Twins had their projected Opening Day lineup together for this game, the third one this spring televised on Fox Sports North. Joe Benson replaced Span in center field, and Ben Revere moved into the leadoff spot.

The Yankees have a split-squad day, with half their team playing the Phillies, so I expected a bunch of kids in their lineup here at Hammond Stadium. Actually, it’s not bad.

Manager Joe Girardi prefers to keep his outfielders and infielders together. So Jeter, Cano, A-Rod and Teixeira are back in Tampa, but Gardner, Granderson and Swisher are here.

YANKEES (4-4)
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Nick Swisher, RF
4. Raul Ibanez, DH
5. Francisco Cervelli, C
6. Jorge Vazquez, 3B
7. Jayson Nix, 2B
8. Brandon Laird, 1B
9. Ramiro Pena, SS

Pitching: Phil Hughes, Adam Warren, Brett Marshall, Graham Stoneburner, Adam Mile, Juan Cedeno.

TWINS (4-5)
1. Denard Span, CF Ben Revere, LF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, RF
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Ben Revere, LF Joe Benson, CF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise, Deolis Guerra.

Hammond Stadium. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). Fox Sports North. Twins Radio Network

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