A little swap in the lineup created big news in the daily media scrum with Rangers manager Ron Washington, who dropped Michael Young one spot in the lineup to sixth. Nelson Cruz will bat fifth. Washington said that he didn't have any real reason for doing it, though he hopes it creates a spark in a flat lineup.
Washington made out two lineups. The first didn't have Josh Hamilton in it, so Young was third and Cruz was fifth. When Hamilton declared himself fit to play, Washington put Hamilton third, kept Cruz fifth and dropped Young to sixth.
Twins lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland: Denard Span, cf; Ben Revere, rf; Joe Mauer, c; Josh Willingham, lf; Justin Morneau, 1b; Ryan Doumit, dh; Trevor Plouffe, 3b; Brian Dozier, ss; Jamey Carroll, 2b.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Samuel Deduno: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Josh Hamilton, dh; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Nelson Cruz, rf; Michael Young, 1b; David Murphy, lf; Mike Napoli, c; Craig Gentry, cf.
-- Jeff Wilson