MINNEAPOLIS -- Second baseman Brian Dozier received a rare day off on Tuesday.
Dozier had started 79 of the club's first 81 games, missing only two starts in mid-June because of a minor back injury. He has also been struggling recently, going just 1-for-24 over his last six games and seeing his slash line dip to.235/.350/.442.
"He's been playing every game and every inning," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We all see he's scuffling a little bit. He just missed a home run last night. You could see a little frustration in the dugout. And he's a little worn out. So he needs a blow like everybody else."
With Dozier out of the lineup, Eduardo Escobar made the start at second base.
Parmelee wasted no time, getting the Twins on the board with an RBI double in the first inning.
"I tried to put as many lefties in there as I possibly could," Gardenhire said.