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Mired in slow start, Hicks gets break from lineup

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks was held out of the starting lineup for second time this season on Monday against the Angels to get a chance to regroup for a couple of days, as Sunday's game was postponed due to weather.

Hicks, though, came into the game as a defensive replacement for Oswaldo Arcia in the eighth inning. He drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth and picked up his first career stolen base before scoring on a double from Pedro Florimon.

But Hicks is still off to a slow start this season, hitting just .047 (2-for-43) with four walks and a Major League-high 20 strikeouts. Darin Mastroianni made just his second start of the year in center field in Hicks' absence and went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run.

"I wanted to play Mastroianni," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game. "He's been sitting for a while. He last played in Kansas City, but we had a day off and yesterday off."

Gardenhire said the Twins will continue to be patient with Hicks, who spent time before the game working with hitting coach Tom Brunansky.

"I just want him to be able breathe a little bit and get back to his routine with Bruno," Gardenhire said. "So we'll go from there."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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