"He feels really bad about yesterday, but I told him this is a 'We' game and an 'Us' game," said Gardenhire, who talked to Casilla after the loss and before Sunday's game. "We had plenty of chances as a team, so a loss doesn't fall on one person's shoulders. It's really important to put him back out there today. He's our shortstop."
Casilla, 26, also was down on himself for failing to plate a run with no outs and runners on the corners in the fifth inning, when he grounded back to the pitcher. Casilla entered Sunday's game with a .188 batting average to go along with a .235 on-base percentage and .313 slugging percentage.
"He wants to get off to a good start and he wants to be the guy," Gardenhire said. "So we'll see what happens with this young man. Either he gets it done or he doesn't. But this is a good time for him. He's an athlete and he can really play. He just has to do it on a consistent basis."