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Twins: Span hopes to play this week

Denard Span took batting practice on Wednesday and he believes he's getting closer to playing again. "If my shoulder is ready to go, I'm going to play; if it's not ready to go, there's nothing I can do about it," he said. Span's goal is to play in the upcoming series against Texas.
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