Sorry for being late. I had to write an extra story for tomorrow's dead tree edition

Span update

Outfielder Denard Span, working his way back from a concussion, ran the bases on Friday for the first time in a month.
Span could be close to taking his recovery to Fort Myers, Fla, where he can play in games.
``He’s pretty much up to speed,’’ McWane said. ``We’re going to keep him up here through the weekend, have him repeat what he did (Friday) then see where he is after the break.’’
McWane said if Span gets through the weekend with any symptoms returning, he should be close to leaving for Fort Myers. Span will have to have another ImPACT test before he’s cleared to play in rehabilitation games.

Other injury updates

Outfielder Delmon Young,, recovering from a sore right ankle, continues to play at Class AAA Rochester. He should be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list right after the All-Star break.

Righthander Kevin Slowey, building up his endurance after recovering from an abdominal strain, is scheduled to start on Sunday for Class AAA Rochester.

Looking ahead

The Twins have yet to announce their pitching rotation for after the All-Star break, but indications are that lefthander Francisco Liriano will get  the ball on  July 14 against the Royals. Righthander Nick Blackburn could start the next game.
Righthander Scott Baker is expected to be moved to the back of the rotation after leaving a start on Tuesday because of an elbow strain. Including the All-Star break, Baker will end up with 12 days off between starts.

Odd catching stat; Joe Mauer is batting .389 off of Gavin Floyd and A.J. Pierzynski is batting .389 off Nick blackburn



1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Danny Valencia, DH
6. Rene Tosoni, LF
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Nishi, SS
9. Matt Tolbert, 3B

Nick Blackburn, RHP

White Sox

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Paul Konerko, 1B
4. Adam Dunn, DH
5. Carlos Quentin, RF
6. Alex Rios, CF
7. A.J., C
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Brent Morel, 3B

Gavin Floyd, RHP


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