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Trade Deadline (Game 108 vs Oakland)

OAKLAND — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication whether the Twins will make any moves before today’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, but it appears more and more likely the club will stand pat.

“I have no clue,” Gardenhire said. “I just read your articles, and you guys write it, and so I just try to get a lineup in, read some clips and read about our Minor Leaguers. I can’t control that other stuff.”

Gardenhire, though, is certainly aware that Twins players such as Denard Span, Jason Kubel, and Kevin Slowey have been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to today’s deadline.

But recent reports indicate that the Nationals are reluctant to include closer Drew Storen in a deal for Span, and that a trade is appears unlikely at this point unless the Nationals decide to budge on their offer. And a source told’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Twins are not looking to trade Kubel despite heavy interest from the Pirates.

The Rockies, meanwhile, remain interested in Slowey, but it remains unclear how close the two sides are regarding a deal for the right-hander.

Gardenhire said he’s simply trying his best to keep his players loose, as Trade Deadline day is always a hectic one.

“It’s more prominent now,” Gardenhire said. “There’s more media attention on it and more speculation, and blogs and Tweets. We didn’t have all that stuff when I played. So yeah, there’s some uneasiness out there, especially if you’re a team like us trying to get back into it and trying to stay in it. We believe we can still catch people, and others might not. So it’s out there.”

Gardehire also added he expects Span, out with a concussion suffered June 3, to play in his final rehab game with Triple-A Rochester tonight before heading to Anaheim tomorrow to be ready for Tuesday’s game.

“I plan on him traveling tomorrow and being in Anaheim,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’ll play tonight and then he’ll be traveling.”

Span also had his say this morning via Twitter regarding the recent trade rumors.

“Good morning everyone!,” Span wrote. “I just woke up and read the star tribune article with people’s comments! Smh. A lot of people read things and form an opinion very quick. This will be my last tweet for a lil bit. I want to be in a twins uniform after today and for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago! To my teammates that I hope I see again u guys know what type of person and team player I am.”

Lineups for the 3:05 p.m. CT start at the Oakland Coliseum:

Twins (50-57)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.60 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 3.77 K/BB)

Athletics (48-59)
1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Hideki Matsui, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Conor Jackson, 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
7. Cliff Pennington, SS
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Scott Sizemore, 3B

RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-5, 3.52 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.75 K/BB)

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)

Twins at Tigers (Game 53)

DETROIT — Jason Kubel is out of the lineup today with his sprained left foot still bothering him. He said yesterday that he wasn’t sure if he injured while he planted to jump for Victor Martinez’s two-run homer or when he landed.

The Twins are certainly hoping he returns quickly, as Kubel and Denard Span have really been the only consistent hitters for the Twins this year. He’s currently not wearing a boot, but said he’ll wear one tomorrow and doesn’t think a trip to the disabled list is necessary.

“It’s a lot better,” Kubel said. “I woke up this morning and didn’t feel anything until walking on it. But it feels better walking around. So as long as keeps up like that, each day, it shouldn’t be too much longer.”

Matt Tolbert also gets his first start at shortstop since last Wednesday, as Trevor Plouffe remains on the bench of a second straight day.

Lineups for the 6:05 pm. CT start at Comerica Park

Twins (17-35):

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, SS

LHP Brian Duensing (2-5, 4.83 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 1.85 K/BB)

Tigers (27-26):

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Casper Wells, RF
3. Brennan Boesch, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Ryan Raburn, LF
9. Danny Worth, 2B

RHP Max Scherzer (6-2, 3.86 ERA, 4.09 FIP. 2.35 K/BB)

Mauer gets the day off

The Twins enter Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Rogers Centre already in a 2-0 hole, and it doesn’t figure to get any easier against the Blue Jays with catcher Joe Mauer out of the lineup.

It’s somewhat of a surprising move, as it’s not a day game after a night game, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t mention anything after yesterday’s loss about sitting Mauer today.

But Mauer, who is coming off minor surgery on his left knee, figured to get days off here and there, as the club plays games on 23 of the first 24 days of April.

And Gardenhire did say before Sunday’s game that Mauer took quite the beating behind the plate yesterday with left-hander Francisco Liriano struggling with control problems.

“Frankie bounced about 50 percent of his pitches,” Gardenhire quipped, “and Joe had to block them. So he got beat around a bit yesterday.”

So maybe it’s as good a time as any for Mauer to get a break, but the Twins certainly don’t want to fall to 0-3 for the first time since the 1981 season.

At least Justin Morneau is in the starting lineup, even though he’s serving as the club’s designated hitter. He hasn’t looked great so far at the plate, but it figures he’ll start to come around with more at-bats, as he obviously got a late start to Spring Training.

Matt Tolbert is also slated to see action at shortstop, as Gardenhire said he wanted to see all of his players play in the first series of the season. So far, only outfielder Jason Repko has yet to get in there, but it’s mostly because center fielder Denard Span is the only one doing any hitting for the club through two games.

Lineups for 12:07 CT start at Rogers Centre:

1. Denard Span CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B
3. Delmon Young LF
4. Justin Morneau DH
5. Michael Cuddyer 1B
6. Jason Kubel RF
7. Danny Valencia 3B
8. Drew Butera C
9. Matt Tolbert SS

Nick Blackburn RHP

Blue Jays
1. Yunel Escobar SS
2. Juan Rivera DH
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Adam Lind 1B
5. Aaron Hill 2B
6. Edwin Encarnacion 3B
7. Travis Snider LF
8. J.P. Arencibia C
9. Mike McCoy CF

Brett Cecil LHP