OAKLAND -- Given his familiarity with right-hander Trevor May, who made his Major League debut on Saturday, Eric Fryer made the start behind the plate against the A's.
Fryer worked with May in nine starts at Triple-A Rochester this season before being called up on June 12. It also gave regular catcher Kurt Suzuki a rest and marked Fryer's first start at catcher since Wednesday.
May was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday to make his first big league start after posting a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts with the Red Wings.
"The way it worked out here was perfect," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He caught him down in the Minor Leagues. This works out good. Plus, Suzuki could use a blow."
Suzuki is scheduled to return to the lineup on Sunday to catch right-hander Phil Hughes.