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Gardenhire thankful for opportunity to restore order

Gardenhire thankful for opportunity to restore order

Gardenhire thankful for opportunity to restore order
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins did something in their fifth game of the season on Wednesday night that they didn't do at all last year -- they used their Opening Day lineup.

The Twins dealt with a plethora of injuries last season, including early-season setbacks to Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and never used their Opening Day lineup after their regular-season opener against the Blue Jays.

They came close against the Indians on Aug. 12, but Michael Cuddyer ended up being a late scratch with a strained neck suffered during batting practice.

"I almost got it in Cleveland, except for early batting practice killed me," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked before Wednesday's game against the Angels.

Gardenhire said that Ryan Doumit was ready to make a start in right field at Target Field after practicing there during pregame warmups on Monday and Wednesday. Doumit served as the catcher in the home opener against the Angels on Monday, which gave Mauer back-to-back starts at first base.

"I said I wanted to give him a day out there working and he had that," Gardenhire said. "We got Joe some nice days off from behind the plate after a long spring. We're rested. We're ready to go. We'll see what happens. It's tough putting both your catchers in the lineup. It's really tough. But I like to see Dooms' bat in the lineup. The guy can swing it."

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