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.

Twins sign Span to a five-year, $16.5 million deal

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 13, 2010 - 11:25 AM

CLEARWATER -- The Twins have signed center fielder Denard Span to a five-year, $16.5 million contract with a $9 million club option for 2015.

Here's a breakdown of the contract:

2010: $750,000

2011: $1 million

2012: $3 million

2013: $4.75 million

2014: $6.5 million

2015: Club option for $9 million ($500,000 buyout)

"It's a great feeling," Span said. "I'm definitely not angry today."

Blue skies and sunshine here at Bright House Field, one of the nicest spring training stadiums in Florida. Today, the Twins will challenge the two-time defending NL champion Phillies, who are trotting out their A-lineup.

Fox Sports North has its first Twins telecast of the spring.

TWINS

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Orlando Hudson, 2B

3. Justin Morneau, 1B

4. Jim Thome, DH

5. Michael Cuddyer, RF

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Delmon Young, LF

8. J.J. Hardy, SS

9. Nick Punto, 3B

Pitching: Carl Pavano, Nick Blackburn, Jose Mijares, Clay Condrey, Pat Neshek, Anthony Slama.

PHILLIES

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Raul Ibanez, LF

7. Shane Victorino, CF

8. Ben Francisco, DH

9. Carlos Ruiz, C

Pitching: J.A. Happ, Jose Contreras, David Herndon, Antonio Bastardo.

Bright House Field. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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