MINNEAPOLIS -- After using the same lineup the first two games of the season, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire changed it up Thursday, as Jamey Carroll started at second base and hit eighth against the Tigers. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Carroll, who is expected to see time at second base, shortstop and third base in a utility role this year, entered the game with success against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, with a career .359 batting average against the right-hander.
"I like Jamey Carroll, and he needs to play," Gardenhire said. "We don't need guys sitting. We've already had one day off. Most of the guys have gotten into a ballgame but he's only pinch-ran. So we need to get guys in a game."
But the rest of the lineup remained the same, as Joe Mauer hit second instead of his usual spot as the club's No. 3 hitter for the third straight game.
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