Ailing: Mike Redmond was slotted in as the Twins' designated hitter Sunday, although Gardenhire said he had originally considered using Jason Tyner in the spot.The idea to use the left-handed-hitting Tyner came from the fact that lefties have hit .533 off Maroth to start the season. But any thoughts of using Tyner in the spot were erased when he arrived at the ballpark on Sunday feeling under the weather, suffering from what the team felt was a case of food poisoning. Though he spent most of the morning throwing up, Tyner said he had been available as a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner in the contest if needed. Mourning a former teammate: Twins starter Ramon Ortiz was watching the TV in the visiting clubhouse on Sunday morning when he saw the news that Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in a car accident earlier in the day. Ortiz was teammates with Hancock, 29, during the '05 season in Cincinnati and said the news hit him very hard. Though they spent just one season together pitching for the Reds, Ortiz said he talked with the young reliever every day. "He was a great teammate and a good guy, too," Ortiz said. "I feel sad when I see that on the TV. It's very hard, especially for the family." Twins tidbits: Jason Bartlett was slotted in the second spot of the order on Sunday as Gardenhire said he wanted to add a little more speed to the top of the order. It seemed to spark the shortstop, who delivered a double in his first at-bat. ... Before the NFL Draft began Saturday afternoon, Gardenhire said he was hoping that the Minnesota Vikings would draft running back Adrian Peterson. With most of his family still living in Oklahoma and proclaimed Okie fans, Gardenhire was happy to see the local team make that selection. "I'm excited for the Vikes," Gardenhire said. "This kid looks like a stud. He can really run and he's a game-breaker. I like that pick." Down on the farm: Shortstop Trevor Plouffe was named the Twins' Minor League Player of the Week ending April 27. Plouffe played in five games for Double-A New Britain and hit .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and six runs. On Saturday, Scott Baker continued his roll of good starts as he allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out seven in Triple-A Rochester's 3-1 victory at Toledo. Left-hander Mike Venafro pitched a scoreless inning and Jose Morales went 3-for-4 in the game with two RBIs. ... Tristan Crawford gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits over two innings in Double-A New Britain's 6-1 loss at Connecticut. Rashad Eldridge drove in the Rock Cats' lone run in the ninth. ... Zach Ward picked up his second loss of the year as he gave up three runs on four hits in just 1 1/3 innings as Class A Fort Myers was defeated, 6-4, at Dunedin. Coming up: The Twins will enjoy an off-day Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. The contest is a 6:10 p.m. CT start and will feature Twins right-hander Sidney Ponson facing off against Tampa Bay right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.