Gardy sits Span, Dozier against Hochevar

Gardy sits Span, Dozier against Hochevar

KANSAS CITY -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went by the numbers on Friday, as he sat center fielder Denard Span and shortstop Brian Dozier against Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar.

Span is a career .136 hitter (3-for-22) against Hochevar, so Gardenhire opted to start Ben Revere in center, as he's hitting .308 (4-for-13) against the right-hander.

"I think Span has scuffled against the guy a little bit," Gardenhire said.

Dozier had never faced Hochevar, but both second baseman Alexi Casilla (8-for-20) and shortstop Jamey Carroll (6-for-10) have had success against the Kansas City pitcher.