ARLINGTON -- Twins center fielder Denard Span, out with a concussion suffered in a home plate collision on June 3, had a scheduled day off with Triple-A Rochester on Monday as part of his rehab process.Span has played in six games with the Red Wings, hitting .150 (3-for-20) with a stolen base, and has yet to play a full nine innings. Span still needs several full games in center field in a row before he returns to action with the Twins, so he's at least a week away from rejoining the club. Right-hander Kevin Slowey, meanwhile, made his first start with Triple-A Rochester since being activated from the disabled list on Thursday, allowing three runs on 10 hits over six innings. Slowey had been on the DL with an abdominal strain retroactive to May 21, but was activated and optioned to Rochester. Slowey, who remains a candidate to be moved before Sunday's Trade Deadline, entered his start with a 4.68 ERA over five outings with the Red Wings, including four rehab starts.
Revere gets first breather since callup
ARLINGTON -- Center fielder Ben Revere was out of the Twins' starting lineup on Monday against the Rangers, marking the first time he was given a day off since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on June 2.Revere, who played in 47 straight games while hitting .250 with 13 stolen bases, was replaced in center field by Jason Repko, who batted leadoff in his absence Revere has scuffled a bit recently, hitting just .065 over his last eight games to see his batting average drop from .278 to .249 over that span. So Twins manager Ron Gardenhire felt it was as good a time as any to give Revere a breather, especially with Rangers left-hander Derek Holland on the mound. "Ben has been pretty good up there, but he's also played every game since he's been here and since he took over that role," Gardenhire said. "You start getting a little beat up and worn out. Repko needs to play. It's a left-handed pitcher." Revere, 23, said he thought it would be tough to watch the game from the bench, but understood why Gardenhire made the move. "I don't enjoy being on the bench at all," Revere said. "It's not my thing. But he's the manager and the head boss, so I have to listen to him. So I'll just rest my body, especially with this heat. So it's a good day to cool off a little bit and rest my legs before getting back in there tomorrow."
Twins ready for Texas heat
ARLINGTON -- After last week's heat wave in Minneapolis, the Twins have seen their fair share of hot weather.But they'll see ever more extreme heat during their four-game series in Texas, as it's expected to be above 100 degrees every day this week. The Twins took the precaution of cancelling early batting practice before Monday's game, and also had their starting position players take first cuts during regular batting practice before getting off the field to avoid overheating. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, though, said he expects this heat to be easier to deal compared to the humid weather that hit the Twin Cities last week. "This is a dry heat here," said Gardenhire, who saw similar weather growing up in Oklahoma. "Just get in the shade and you're good. I grew up down here. This is bearable. Sure, it's 100-plus, but the humidity factor in Minnesota was terrible. That makes a big difference during the games." Gardenhire, who has been battling a viral infection since last week, said he's feeling much better and expects to watch the game from the dugout.