My man, Alexi (note my moniker), has returned to earth. His batting average has fallen about 20 points since his return from the DL and the magic of driving in runs has reversed. He is still having a good first (almost) full season and has shown he belongs in the majors as a regular. Will it happen to Span? Denard has over 200 at-bats and hasn't had a lengthy slump. He also continues to draw walks at a good pace.There is reason for optimism for both players. Both have shown much improved batting eyes so even if they go through a hit drought, they get on base and both have speed and know how to use it--getting bunt singles and beating out rollers in the hole are what keeps the o-fers away. Hitting looks like the only questionable skill for either player. Both run well and have impressed with the glove. Span has been heads up, smart and intense without looking or acting nervous. Casilla has displayed 10X the focus and presence that he showed last year. Actually, it is crucial that both Span and Casilla hit a lot in the last month if the Twins want to make the post-season. They are the top two hitters in the lineup and set the table for the team's stars.