Jorge Polanco has been back for just over a week, and he's already in the leadoff spot.

With Joe Mauer getting a day off, Twins manager Paul Molitor needed someone else at the top of the lineup. 

"I was looking at Joe and how many games he has played consecutively and heading into these last eight games, I didn't think it was realistic to play tomorrow," he said. "I thought today was a good day to back him off. When he's out, I've got to find someone to hit first."

He did not return the .219-hitting Brian Dozier to his preferred spot in the order. He went with Polanco, who is batting .286 since returning from an 80-game suspension for PED use. But Molitor has long considered Polanco to be near the top of the list of Twins who consistently take the best at-bats.

So Polanco leads off today as the Twins look to sweep the Orioles in a four-game series. The Twins have never swept the Orioles in a four game series in Minnesota.

"Polanco is the type of guy who can fill that role more than adequately with his patience and ability to get on base," Molitor said. "We'll see how it goes. It's an opportunity to give him a little different look today."

Jake Odorizzi is on the mound today, matched up with his former Tampa Bay teammate Alex Cobb. It was Cobb who helped Odorizzi perfect his changeup. Cobb calls his changeup, 'The Thing.'


Tim Beckham, 3B
Adam Jones, CF
Manny Machado, SS
Mark Trumbo, DH
Chris Davis, 1B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Danny Valencia, RF
Trey Mancini, LF
Caleb Joseph, C

Alex Cobb, RHP


Jorge Polanco, SS
Eddie Rosario, LF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
LoMo, 1B
Robbie Grossman, DH
Max Kepler, RF
Mitch Garver, C
Jake Cave, CF

Jake Odorizzi, RHP

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