Span says no meaning behind gesture in fifth

Span says no meaning behind gesture in fifth

NEW YORK -- Twins center fielder Denard Span has heard plenty of the taunts from Yankees fans during his three seasons with the Twins.

But Span only seemed to rile up the group in right-center field -- the famed Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures -- by gesturing to the fans to get louder when they started mocking him with various chants during Saturday's 6-1 loss in Game 3 of the ALDS. Among things they yelled at Span was "Tor-ii Hun-ter!" in reference to the former Twin and Span's longtime mentor.

"They were just chanting, doing what New Yorkers do," Span said. "Just being a little obnoxious."

The gestures began in the fourth inning after the Yankees had opened up a 5-0 lead over the Twins, but Span said that his decision to motion toward the crowd had nothing to do with what was going on in the game at the time.

"It had nothing to do with the series," Span said. "They were just having fun, and I was having fun with them. It had nothing to do with the outcome. We could've been winning by 20. They were having fun with me, so I figured I might as well have fun with them."