"We gave it to Colabello because he's young and enthusiastic," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said with a smile, as Colabello is actually only six months younger than Mauer. "It's a little bit of a mudder game. So we're going to do this and give Joe a chance to DH and give Colabello a chance to go out there and play."
Colabello went on to drive in six runs, five on a pair of doubles, as the Twins rallied for a 10-9 victory.
Eduardo Escobar also made his first start of the season at shortstop over Pedro Florimon, while catcher Josmil Pinto made his first start in place of Kurt Suzuki. Pinto hit a big game-tying home run in the eighth inning.
"We'll use everybody like we always do," Gardenhire said. "Escobar is in there today. Everybody has to get a piece of the pie here. [Jason] Bartlett got in there and got an at-bat yesterday. So we'll just mix it up."
Mauer went on to collect his first hit of the season, going 1-for-4 and scoring two runs.
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