Outfielder Denard Span opened the day as the team's projected leadoff hitter set to man the middle of the outfield, but was a late scratch on manager Ron Gardenhire's lineup card due to shoulder soreness. Span was replaced by 27-year-old reserve speedster Darin Mastroianni, who has played admirably this season in Span's absence.
Suspended six games by the league for throwing a fastball at the head of Texas slugger Josh Hamilton, Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond is currently appealing and will thus remain on the mound for the Twins in the short-term. Diamond is 10-5 with a sparkling 3.04 earned-run average this year, and remains one of the few bright spots in a messy Minnesota pitching rotation.
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