Twins shake up lineup (Game 59 vs. Indians)

CLEVELAND — With Ben Revere and Alexi Casilla swinging hot bats, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went with an unconventional lineup for Monday night’s game against the Indians, as Denard Span is batting third after Revere and Casilla.

It marks the first time Span, who usually bats leadoff, gets a start as the club’s third hitter in his professional career. In fact, Span said he hadn’t batted third since his days at Tampa Catholic High School.

“It definitely caught me off-guard when he told me that,” Span said. “I hadn’t hit third since I was a senior in high school.”

Gardenhire said he simply wanted to change things up and see if the club can utilize its speed at the top of the lineup against Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, who is making his first-ever start against the Twins.

“We just mixed it up a little bit,” Gardenhire said. “We’re trying to balance our lineup up and down. It looks like entertainment. Span-man is feeling pretty good and he’s been one of our best hitters, so he’s hitting third.”

Full lineups for the 6:05 p.m. CT start at Progressive Field

Twins (21-37)

1. Ben Revere, RF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Denard Span, CF
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Luke Hughes, 3B
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Scott Baker (2-4, 3.86 ERA, 2.87 K/BB, 4.06 FIP)

Cleveland (33-24)

1. Michael Brantley, LF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Grady Sizemore, CF
4, Carlos Santana, C
5. Shinn-Soo Choo, RF
6. Matt LaPorta, 1B
7. Travis Buck, DH
8. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

RHP Josh Tomlin (7-2, 3.27 ERA, 3.73 K/BB, 4.33 FIP)

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