KANSAS CITY -- The Twins showed Kansas City a different double-play combination in the middle game of the series. Jamey Carroll drew the start at second and Eduardo Escobar was at shortstop on Tuesday.
Escobar especially took advantage, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including launching his first career home run off Royals' right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in his 147th at-bat.
The shortstop connected in the fifth inning for a solo shot to left-center. The homer by Escobar was measured at 397 feet.
With a day off looming on Thursday and with weather an issue in Kansas City, manager Ron Gardenhire is doing what he can to keep players sharp by mixing and matching.
"I want to make sure everybody gets involved," Gardehire said. "'We'll mix it up and try to score more runs."
While attempting to keep his entire roster involved, Gardenhire was pleased with what he saw through the opening seven games.
"Every game we've had an opportunity to win," Gardenhire said. "That's all you can ask for."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.