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Span returns from dizziness, Pavano throws pain-free bullpen session

There's finally some good news on the Twins' injury front as Denard Span returned to the lineup and Carl Pavano threw a pain-free bullpen session on Sunday. Span took himself out of the game Saturday night and complained of dizziness.
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