08/28/12 8:23 PM ET
Twins reportedly to host All-Star Game in 2014
By Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Garretson / MLB.com
The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported the announcement will be that the Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field, but it hasn't been officially confirmed by the Twins or MLB.
Commissioner Bud Selig is scheduled to be at the press conference, along with Twins owner Jim Pohlad, team president Dave St. Peter, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and Hall of Famer Rod Carew.
If the Twins do host the 2014 Midsummer Classic, it will be the first time since 1985, when it was held at the Metrodome. Minnesota also hosted the event in 1965 at old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn.
"It'd be great," said catcher Joe Mauer, who grew up locally in St. Paul and has played in five All-Star Games. "It'd be fun to be a part of it and see the excitement that goes on with it. So it would be pretty special. I know fans here would really appreciate it."
The Twins have been working on bringing the All-Star Game back to the Twin Cities since 2008, and they could finally get that chance in '14 after the Mets host it next year at Citi Field.
"They say that this is one of, if not the best park in the big leagues," third baseman Trevor Plouffe said of Target Field, which opened in 2010. "I haven't been everywhere, but I have been to a lot of places and I have to agree with that. This is a great baseball city and a great stadium. I think that Minnesota would be a great place for the All-Star Game."
Revere's speed, contact ability proving dynamic
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Revere doesn't swing and miss very often -- especially at pitches in the strike zone.
The Minnesota outfielder entered Tuesday's game making contact on 98.1 percent of his swings at strikes, the best among qualified players according to FanGraphs.com. Revere also had the fewest strikeouts (35) among American League players with at least 300 plate appearances.
Revere was connecting on 92.8 percent of his swings overall, the second-highest rate in baseball behind Giants infielder Marco Scutaro's 94.8 percent.
"Pretty much, my game is contact hitter," Revere said. "The main thing -- I take pitches. I get two strikes, with my speed, I'm just trying to put the ball in play or just try to get a pitch I can hit and hopefully drive it. Just make the defense kind of panic a little bit."
The 24-year-old came into Tuesday tied with teammate Joe Mauer with the AL's sixth-best batting average at .312. Thirty-five of Revere's 119 hits have been infield hits.
"I see it in my zone, I'm going to put it in play, no matter what," Revere said. "Hopefully I can find a hole. In baseball, if you put it in play, eventually you're going to find a hole somewhere. With my speed, I can hit it just, probably, like five feet to the left of somebody. They might make a good play but I'll be safe, there you go. Then steal a base and score a run."
Span late scratch from lineup with sore collarbone
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denard Span was a late scratch from the Twins' lineup prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
Span was originally slated to start in center field and lead off for Minnesota, but he was later removed due to shoulder soreness.
"He's day to day. He's got a sore collarbone, is what it is," general manager Terry Ryan said. "He's available if we need him, but I was going to give him a day. I don't think he did anything to it. It's one of those things that's sore. I don't think anybody's all that concerned about it, but he's sore today."
Ben Revere shifted over from right to Span's usual spot in center and hit in the leadoff spot. Darin Mastroianni was slotted in right field and hit second.
Span missed a string of nine straight games from Aug. 13-22 after injuring his collarbone while trying to make a sliding catch on Aug. 12. He missed another game on Aug. 24 after returning a day earlier, but he had played three straight games from Saturday-Monday.
The 28-year-old is hitting .286 this season.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.