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Updated: July 30th, 2012 11:05pm
Span: 'If this is my last game (as a Twin) I want to go out in style'

Span: 'If this is my last game (as a Twin) I want to go out in style'

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins centerfielder Denard Span certainly lived up to the internal expectations he set for himself prior to Monday night's win over the Chicago White Sox.

"I told myself tonight, if this is my last game (in a Twins uniform), I want to go out and have fun, and go out in style," Span said. "It was a lot of fun. We'll see what happens."

Indeed.

Span's sprinting, leaping catch in the top of the fifth inning robbed Alex Rios of what appeared to be a potential two-run, go-ahead home run. Span walked back to his position to a standing ovation from an announced crowd of 35,018 -- many of whom likely are aware that Span's name has been floating around in trade rumors.

Span finished 2-for-3 at the plate and also robbed A.J. Pierzynski of a base hit in the seventh inning with a sliding grab on a sinking liner.

Asked about Tuesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, Span said, "It's on my mind."

Span is no stranger to sweating out the days and hours leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The Twins were reportedly involved in deep conversations with the Washington Nationals prior to last year's deadline, but a deal never came to fruition.

At that time, Span was on a rehab assignment coming back from a concussion he sustained in early June.

"It's my second year going through it," Span said. "Last year I was hurt. But this year, being healthy and being here in the big leagues, I think I'm ready for it and I'm taking it a little bit better."

With his two hits Monday, Span is now batting .290/.356/.396 with 27 doubles.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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