BOSTON -- Veterans Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit have seen their playing time diminish compared to last season, but they were both in the lineup for a second straight night against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
It marked the first time that Carroll started on back-to-back days, as he started at shortstop in place of Pedro Florimon on Tuesday and second base in place of Brian Dozier on Wednesday. It was also just Carroll's ninth start in 30 games after making 130 starts last year.
"He just goes out there and gets it done," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He handles the bat very well. He's very competitive. So it's nice to move him around. Our guys need a chance to play and back-to-back games helps him out, too. If you're swinging good, you need to play."
Doumit has also seen his playing time decrease this year because of the emergence of rookie Oswaldo Arcia and the early frequency of off-days and rainouts, which has allowed Joe Mauer to start at catcher in 21 of the club's first 30 games. Doumit started at designated hitter on Wednesday for just the second time dating back to April 16.
Doumit homered and doubled in Tuesday's 6-1 win and said he's still trying to adjust to his role this year after playing in a career-high 134 games last year.
"It's something I've got to get used to," Doumit said. "I've never really dealt with anything like that in my career. I've always been a guy that's been used to playing, but it is what it is. What can you do at this point? All I can do is be the most prepared I can be any given day so when I'm in there I'm sharp."
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