Brian Dozier has been dropped to the No. 6 spot in the batting order for tonight's game against Cleveland.

Dozier was 0-for-4 on Wednesday against Baltimore, but was 8-for-15 with a homer in four games before that. The move is a little surprising, in that regard,  but Dozier is just 2-for-15 against Indians rigththander Josh Tomlin, which could have played in manager Paul Molitor's decision. Dozier has batted first or second most of the season, with only a few appearances in the No. 3 hole. He has started just eight of 563 career games in the No. 6 spot in the order.

Joe Mauer is back as the leadoff hitter, with Miguel Sano batting third. While there's concern about the offense, the Twins could really use a strong outing by a starter. That task falls upon Ricky Nolasco tonight.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan is visiting Class AA Chattanooga this week.

Tomlin is trying to go 6-0 on the season. Mauer, with a .389 career batting average, is his biggest threat. Trevor Plouffe is batting .273 against him with a home run. Other than those two and Dozier, the lineup doesn't have a lot of experience against Tomlin.

First pitch is a 6:10 p.m.


Twins righthander Trevor May has been fined for hitting Chicago's Jose Abreu with a pitch last week in Chicago. May has appealed the decision and expects to hear a ruling within the next week. Abreu objected to being hit with the pitch, which led to benches emptying and forcing umpires to restore order. The White Sox were convinced that May intentionally threw at  Abreu.

Lonnie Chisenhall has left the Indians following the death of a relative. He has been placed on bereavement leave, and Tyler Naquin has been called up to replace him.


Joe Mauer, 1B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Miguel Sano, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Byung Ho Park, DH
Brian Dozier, 2B
Oswaldo Arcia, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Danny Santana, CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP


Carlos Santana, DH
Jason Kipnis, .2B
Francisco Lindor, SS
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jose Ramirez, LF
Marlon Byrd, RF
Yan Gomes, C
Juan Uribe, 3B
Rajai Davis, CF

Josh Tomlin, RHP

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