Trevor Plouffe started in right field over Ben Revere while Luke Hughes made the start at second base instead of Alexi Casilla. Joe Mauer also shifted to first base to give switch-hitter Ryan Doumit the chance to get in the lineup and catch right-hander Anthony Swarzak.
Gardenhire said that he hopes that benching the switch-hitting Casilla, who is batting just .143 this year, in favor of Hughes will help get Casilla going. Casilla is a noted slow starter, as he has a career .182 batting average in April.
"Right now, he's a little sloppy," Gardenhire said. "He's a little long with his swing. Maybe he's trying to do too much, maybe that's it. He's been a little sloppy out in the field, too. Maybe you just have to kick him in the butt enough to where we can get him going. So maybe sitting him every once in a while will get him going, so we'll see."