"We're going to move him up and down the lineup, and we're going to move our lineup around an awful lot," Gardenhire said. "We're going to change it up."
Jason Kubel also made his first start of the year, batting cleanup and starting in left field with Josh Willingham hitting third and serving as designated hitter.
Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is expected to make his first start on Thursday over Suzuki with left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound for Chicago in the series finale.
"Suzuki is our starter, so he's going to catch a lot of games," Gardenhire said. "Pinto is going to play a lot, too. So we'll get Pinto into a lot of ballgames."
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