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"Ken Rosenthal of FOX continues to report that the Nationals are pursuing the Twins' Denard Span....

"Ken Rosenthal of FOX continues to report that the Nationals are pursuing the Twins' Denard Span. I've been told by a source the Twins are not shopping their leadoff hitter, and it's hard for me to believe that they would move Span, who is under control through 2015. Rosenthal suggests that closer Drew Storen could be part of a potential deal. The Twins were eyeing Storen before the draft a couple years ago, but the Nats selected him with an earlier pick. I also was told that the Nationals, in need of a long-term answer in center, were evaluating Ben Revere and CF's in the Twins' farm system too. My view is that Span shouldn't be moved unless its for a lot in return, more than Storen. The Twins don't have another leadoff hitter. Span also is a good outfielder and a good citizen."

LEN III at the Strib Sounds about right.

Going to my first Twins game tomarrow. I hope Fransisco Liriano can come up with a win!

Going to my first Twins game tomarrow. I hope Fransisco Liriano can come up with a win!

Earlier today, when talking about the trade for Jeff Keppinger, GM Brian Sabean referred to...

Earlier today, when talking about the trade for Jeff Keppinger, GM Brian Sabean referred to "something bigger" that he was working to complete. I can’t be sure he was referring to Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer, but I’m told that the Giants recently expressed interest in him with an eye toward playing him at second base. Cuddyer has played 13 games at second base this season and Giants scouts felt he was serviceable at the position. But the Twins had a steep asking price and so Sabean revisited the Astros because Bruce Bochy needed immediate help and he knew he could close the Keppinger deal with a phone call. With Sabean still determined to upgrade the offense and "lengthen the lineup," I wouldn’t rule out the Giants revisiting Cuddyer in the next 10 days. Whether the Twins adjust the price is another matter.

An observation/opinion from Giants' beat writer Andrew Baggarly

"The Twins are telling folks they are going for it. Hard to blame them in that wide-open division."

"The Twins are telling folks they are going for it. Hard to blame them in that wide-open division."

John Heyman in today's Daily Scoop If the team's recent play and the lack of Twins trade rumors didn't tip you off, this small bit of news might actually come as a surprise.

No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand...

No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk.

Rule 3.16 (comment). Dear rich people at Target Field: if an opposing catcher ever reaches into the stands for a foul ball like Drew Butera did for the final out last night in Chicago, do NOT cower like the Sox fan in the front row did. Your job is to deflect that ball, and if possible, slap the catcher right across the mouth.

"I embrace being in the big leagues. I really look forward to coming to the field every day and...

"I embrace being in the big leagues. I really look forward to coming to the field every day and being a professional baseball player...This is what I’ve been looking forward to my whole life. And whether it’s starting or relieving, it doesn’t matter...Coming here to the clubhouse and being around these guys and competing against the best athletes in the world, that’s what it’s all about."

Anthony Swarzak on playing baseball, per a series of tweets from Phil Mackey, who calls him "The Anti-Slowey"

Guillen said he watched Friday night’s 10-4 loss on TV. He said that more difficult than from the...

Guillen said he watched Friday night’s 10-4 loss on TV. He said that more difficult than from the dugout because he has to watch replays and can still hear the booing. He said he was in the parking lot and then went home Friday night. "It was painful to watch as a fan," he said.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-whitesox Ozzie Guillen on his review of Hawk's game calling as TV voice of the White Sox.

"Gardenhire said Joe Mauer will catch Friday's home opener, even with Pavano pitching."

"Gardenhire said Joe Mauer will catch Friday's home opener, even with Pavano pitching."

Per Joe Christensen on Twitter I think this is what everyone expected. Gardenhire just wasn't going give Souhan the satisfaction by telling him.

This is typical erratic Liriano, this is why he is not a bonafide "Ace" as people like to refer to...

This is typical erratic Liriano, this is why he is not a bonafide "Ace" as people like to refer to him. He can pitch, but he doesn't seem to have it together mentally. "Aces" make a bad pitch and move on, Liriano makes a bad pitch and then follows it up with several more.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap;_ylt=AvS5_AIJ1zLbUTlEucq0U40RvLYF?gid=310309101 Yahoo User Gasman on Francisco Liriano
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