OAKLAND -- With the Sunday's Trade Deadline looming, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said some of his players have been uptight because of various trade rumors involving the Twins the last few days.
"I call out a guy's name, and they're like, 'What?'" Gardenhire joked. "People get nervous when you walk into the room and say their name. It's just the way it is this time of the year. A little tension."
Players such as Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young have all been mentioned in recent reports, as well as Kevin Slowey and Denard Span, who are both rehabbing at Triple-A Rochester.
But Slowey, who is scheduled to pitch with the Red Wings on Saturday, still remains the most likely player to be traded, as he doesn't appear to be part of the Twins' rotation plans and hit the disabled list twice this year in his attempt to pitch as a reliever.
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