Gardenhire started Alexi Casilla at second base, with Jamey Carroll getting the start at third base in place of Trevor Plouffe.
"Alexi Casilla is 10-for-18 [against Sabathia] and Jamey Carroll is swinging really good," Gardenhire said before the game. "So I just put Jamey over there. Plouffe has had some struggles lately, missing some balls and popping them up. He played both games in the doubleheader [Sunday] without any breaks [since], so he looked pretty worn out last night."
Sabathia has plenty of experience pitching against the Twins dating back to his time with the Indians. The lefty came in with a career 3.00 ERA in 31 starts against Minnesota, but he's been known to get flustered when the Twins bunt on him.
"Hopefully it's a chance to irritate Sabathia a little bit with little guys," Gardenhire said. "Maybe some bunts to move him off the mound and straighten his hat out. I can say that because I know the guy really well."