Denard Span was atop Minnesota's batting order Sunday for the second straight day. He missed Friday's game and might not be at full strength down the stretch after missing nine games recently with a collarbone injury. "I'm going to print Span at the top of the lineup, and if he can't play, he's going to have to come in and tell me the rest of the way," manager Ron Gardenhire said. The next time Joe Mauer crouches behind the plate, he will break Earl Battey's franchise record for games caught. Mauer played first base on Sunday so Justin Morneau could get a game at designated hitter. Worth noting
The Mariners are 5-1 against the Twins this season, having outscored Minnesota, 27-11. The Mariners are 12-10 in August after posting a 15-11 mark in July.