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Gardenhire looking for a strong infield tandem


JUPITER, Fla. -- For just the third time this spring, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went with a middle infield comprised of shortstop Pedro Florimon and second baseman Brian Dozier.

It marked the first time the pair had paired up since last Tuesday. They also opened Grapefruit League action together on Feb. 23 against the Orioles.

"[We'd like to] get a feel for them together, and we will get those two together more often and see if that looks like it's going to work," Gardenhire said. "Right now, we're trying to get as many at-bats as we can early with everybody."

Florimon has started a team-high seven games heading into Monday afternoon's contest against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Dozier, a former shortstop, has started six.

Gardenhire admitted that he hoped to get a more consistent double-play tandem on the field. Florimon has also paired up with 11-year veteran Jamey Carroll a few times.

"You would like to get two guys out there and have them as your tandem and not have to worry about that," Gardenhire said. "Unfortunately, we don't have that yet, so it's a work in progress. We're going to mix these guys in."

On Monday against the Cardinals, the Twins turned five double plays.

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