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Morneau in, Span out of Sunday's starting lineup

Morneau in, Span out of Sunday's starting lineup

Morneau in, Span out of Sunday's starting lineup
CINCINNATI -- Denard Span got Sunday off from the starting lineup while Justin Morneau was back in against the National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds.

Ben Revere made his fourth start of the year in center field in place of Span, who has played in 64 of Minnesota's first 71 games this season. Span was hitting .280 entering Sunday, but had just three hits in 21 at-bats during the first five games of this six-game road trip to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Revere led off Sunday. He went 4-for-4 in Friday's 5-4 win against the Reds, but was hitless in four at-bats during Saturday's 6-0 loss.

Darin Mastroianni started in right, Revere's normal position, and batted second.

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Morneau was back at first base after sitting on Saturday. Joe Mauer made his his first appearance at catcher since last Sunday when he suffered a bruised right thigh on a collision with Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks at home plate.

Alexi Casilla started at second base in place of Jamey Carroll.

"We've got to use all of our guys," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You can't just have guys sitting around doing nothing and then stick them in a ball game when they haven't played in a week. It just isn't right."

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