Doumit gets nod behind the plate

Doumit gets nod behind the plate

Doumit gets nod behind the plate
CLEVELAND -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decided to switch things up on Friday, as Ryan Doumit caught right-hander Carl Pavano for the first time all season.

Drew Butera usually serves as Pavano's personal catcher, but Gardenhire said he wanted to get more offense in the lineup.

"I just want Doumit's bat in the lineup," Gardenhire said. "I want Joe Mauer's bat in the lineup and Justin Morneau's bat in the lineup, so, yeah, Doumit can catch just fine. No problems."

Gardenhire added that Mauer is fine, despite getting hit in the mask by a foul tip in Monday's win against the A's at Target Field.

Mauer made his third straight start at designated hitter on Friday, but Gardenhire said Mauer will be back behind the plate soon and could play first base in one game this weekend.

"I'm giving Joe as many days as I can away from it [catching]," Gardenhire said. "He got beat up, foul tipped all those things, but he's fine. He was ready to catch the other day, he's fine. He's ready to catch. I just wanted to play Doumit. I like this matchup better, play Joe as DH, one of these days Mauer's going to probably play first. The more I can keep him out from behind there, taking a beating, I think the better chance we have of getting deep into the season, him not needing days off."