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:


Inciarte LF

Pollock CF

Lamb 3B

Trumbo 1B

Montero DH

Owings 2B

Ross RF

Gregorius SS

Gosewicsch C


Chafin LHP




Schafer LF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Plouffe DH

Arcia RF

Pinto C

Nunez 3B

Hicks CF

Escobar SS


Gibson RHP

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