After struggling at the plate in his first seven games as a major leaguer, Aaron Hicks finally got a day off Tuesday in the Twins' 7-4 loss to Kansas City.
The 23-year-old Hicks, who is making his big-league debut this year, was just 2-for-30 with two walks and 13 strikeouts prior to Tuesday's game in Kansas City. That prompted manager Ron Gardenhire to give Hicks a day off, starting Darin Mastroianni in his place.
Mastroianni made his first start of the season after dealing with a sore ankle suffered late in spring training. He had previously been used in five games as a pinch runner and defensive replacement but had yet to get an at-bat.
"I'm ready to play the way I want to play out there, which is fast and running all over the place," Mastroianni told MLB.com. "(The ankle) will be sore after the game and between innings, but it won't affect me on the basepaths or in the outfield."
The 27-year-old Mastroianni led off Tuesday and finished 1-for-4 at the plate. He also reached b...