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Updated: June 4th, 2011 4:50pm
Justin Morneau, Denard Span scratched; Nick Blackburn leaves early

Justin Morneau, Denard Span scratched; Nick Blackburn leaves early

by Tom Pelissero
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Every time the Minnesota Twins get a little something going, the injury bug seems to strike again.

First baseman Justin Morneau and Denard Span were scratched from Saturday's game at Kansas City.

Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters that Morneau has a sore left wrist and could be held out of Sunday's game, too, save for pinch-hitting duty.

Span has a sore neck after colliding with catcher Brayan Pena at home plate in Friday's win.

Michael Cuddyer was scheduled to make a third consecutive start at first base in place of Morneau, who also is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck, while Ben Revere got the start in center field and the leadoff spot.

Brian Dinkelman, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Rochester late Thursday night, was in the lineup for his first big-league appearance and start, batting sixth and playing left field.

The ailments didn't stop there for the Twins. Right-hander Nick Blackburn left Saturday's start after five innings with back tightness.

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