With six days remaining, Ron Gardenhire sees a little "youngness" beginning to affect his rookie players.
"Maybe seeing the end of the season coming up, they've got a lot of things going on -- packing, thinking about home. They all come into play this time of year," the manager said of Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas, both of whom are out of tonight's lineup. "Maybe giving him a little mental break here might help him out. They've both played a lot, and sometimes you lose a little focus."
Maybe so. Santana is 2-for-18 over his last four games with nine strikeouts, while Vargas is 1-for-11 in the past three. They'll sit tonight, allowing Eduardo Escobar to return to shortstop, his first start since jamming his shoulder one week ago, and Trevor Plouffe to act as the designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez taking third base for a night.
Here are the lineups for tonight's final night game at Target Field: