Minnesota Twins defeat Chicago White Sox, 8-6

CHICAGO - Denard Span looked and sounded like his old self Wednesday as he moved through the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field with a purpose.

He warmed up, took some swings before batting practice and felt pretty good, the best he's felt since he was beaned by a Randy Williams fastball Monday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire kept him out of the lineup Wednesday but everything points toward Span returning to the starting lineup Friday in Kansas City.

"I told Gar...

CHICAGO - Nick Punto finally found the answer for his hitting problems this season.

"Just tried to get some confidence and some momentum and get some hits to fall in," he said.

That's it? No wonder it's taken so long. Batting under .200 for a chunk of the season can make it hard to stay confident.

But Punto has found a groove. And the bottom of the Twins' batting order is no longer a pothole. He went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with a big two-run single in the seventh in...