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Twins go with Fryer, May pairing

Twins go with Fryer, May pairing

BALTIMORE -- The Twins didn't have the luxury of a getaway day game against the Royals on Thursday, so they didn't land in Baltimore until roughly 4 a.m. ET after playing 10 innings in Kansas City.

But the Twins still rolled out their normal lineup against the Orioles on Friday outside of one change, as manager Ron Gardenhire gave catcher Kurt Suzuki a rest, starting Eric Fryer behind the plate.

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Gardenhire said it was also done because he likes to pair rookie right-hander Trevor May with Fryer given their familiarity from their time at Triple-A Rochester. Fryer caught May nine times at Triple-A this year and has now caught three of his four big league starts.

"We played a late night last night and we looked at the pitching matchups here the next few days so this made sense," Gardenhire said. "Fry-man and Mays worked in the Minors together. So it makes sense for everybody involved. It gives Kurt the chance to hang out in the dugout and drive me crazy."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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