Span moved up to No. 2 spot in lineup
Right fielder collects first Major League hit in third inning
CHICAGO -- Just one game in the Majors and Denard Span is already moving up in the world.
Span got a bump to the two-hole in the lineup on Monday after making his Major League debut hitting ninth on Sunday. Manager Ron Gardenhire again had Span in right field, but the skipper made the move in the batting order to utilize Span's speed and approach at the plate.
"I think Span has a pretty good plan at the plate, knows how to take pitches and all those things," Gardenhire said. "So we got some more speed up there. I like the way he handles himself at the plate. I think he sees the ball well. We've got two pretty fast guys in front of the middle guys -- let's see what happens."
Minnesota's offense has struggled during the first week of the season, hitting .252 with three home runs and scoring just 19 runs.
Span responded by picking up his first Major League hit with a single to left field off Javier Vazquez in the third inning Monday.
Kerry Walls is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.