For the first time in more than three years, the Minnesota Twins had their shortstop batting leadoff.
Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll got the start Tuesday at shortstop, his first game there this year. He was also penciled into the lineup as the Twins' leadoff batter. Second baseman Brian Dozier had been handling leadoff duties since mid-April but was moved down to ninth in the order for Tuesday's game.
Carroll, 39, entered Tuesday's game with good numbers in his career against Dempster, as he has six hits in 14 at-bats (.429 average). Pedro Florimon, who has been Minnesota's every-day shortstop this year, had the day off Tuesday.
"We kind of worked it around and looked at a lot of different situations, but the bottom line is (Carroll) has good numbers against the guy," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told mlb.com. "He's been swinging good the last couple of times, and we'll see if he can continue to do that."
With the shortstop Carroll leading off Tuesday, it marked the first time...