Justin Morneau, Denard Span scratched; Nick Blackburn leaves early
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Every time the Minnesota Twins get a little something going, the injury bug seems to strike again.
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.