Revere starts as Gardy looks to play bench

Revere starts as Gardy looks to play bench

Revere starts as Gardy looks to play bench
MILWAUKEE -- With six outfielders on his roster, including utility player Trevor Plouffe, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's doing his best to find playing time for backups such as Ben Revere, Darin Mastroianni and Erik Komatsu.

Revere got the start in right field against the Brewers on Saturday, with regulars Josh Willingham in left and Denard Span in center. Gardenhire said it's important to give Revere playing time, which was the reason he was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on April 14 before he was recalled on Thursday, when right-hander Nick Blackburn went on the disabled list.

"He needs to play," Gardenhire said. "This will give me a chance when Willingham needs a break or something. Or even in center field. You saw that. He can play them all. And so can the other two, Komatsu and Mastroianni."

Gardenhire added he liked the idea of batting Revere in the two-hole on Saturday, as it gave the Twins a speedy top of their lineup with a one-two combo of Span and Revere.

"I wanted to put him at the top with Span-man and let them fly around," Gardenhire said. "I wanted speed at the top and speed at the bottom."