05/08/2013 7:20 PM ET
Krejci named Twins' winner of Honorary Bat Girl contest
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Cheri Krejci was named the Twins' winner of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.
Krejci will be recognized by the Twins in a special pregame ceremony before their game against the Orioles on Sunday at Target Field. She'll also receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.
Krejci's parents both died of cancer, and in 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and had to go through chemotherapy and is cancer free. As head of the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group, Krejci has helped raise thousands of dollars. The last several years, this small community of about 2,000 people has donated more than $50,000 each year.
Besides giving the money to further cancer research, they also give money to people in the community stricken with this terrible disease. They help them with daily needs, such as gas cards to help pay for gas to get to treatment and grocery expenses.
The 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a guest judging panel that included CC Sabathia of the Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Alex Gordon of the Royals, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan of MLB Network.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In four years, more than 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast.
After lecture by Gardenhire, Hicks in lineup
BOSTON -- A day after lecturing center fielder Aaron Hicks in the dugout at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, manager Ron Gardenhire had Hicks back in the lineup and in center field on Wednesday.
Gardenhire wasn't happy with Hicks casually flipping the ball back with his glove to second baseman Brian Dozier after catching a fly ball in the eighth inning of Minnesota's 6-1 win. However, Gardenhire said that after talking with Hicks, the rookie understood what he did wrong and both were able to move past what happened.
"I wanted him back out there playing," Gardenhire said. "He's fine. We have a belief around here there's a right way and a wrong way to play the game. And if I see something and I don't tell the player and I let it go, then I'm not doing my job."
Gardenhire was even able to joke about the play, as he believed it only became an issue because it was shown on the Twins' television broadcast.
"We had our moment," Gardenhire said. "It was a great moment. We were heroes on the Internet. That's great."
Hicks said that Gardenhire explained to him that the fly ball could've been ruled a hit if Dozier didn't catch the flip because the ball never left Hicks' glove.
"You have to be serious," Hicks said. "I was just out there catching the ball and thought it was just a regular out and didn't realize that if something happens in that situation and Dozier doesn't catch that ball, it could be a hit. So he just told me about the importance of making that catch and taking it out of my glove to toss it in."
Hicks added that he learned his lesson and understood why Gardenhire took him aside in the dugout after the play.
"That's what needs to be done," Hicks said. "When he sees something like that, which is something I didn't even notice that I did, it's important to have him tell that to me so that next time I know not to do that."
Carroll, Doumit adjusting to less playing time
BOSTON -- Veterans Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit have seen their playing time diminish compared to last season, but they were both in the lineup for a second straight night against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
It marked the first time that Carroll started on back-to-back days, as he started at shortstop in place of Pedro Florimon on Tuesday and second base in place of Brian Dozier on Wednesday. It was also just Carroll's ninth start in 30 games after making 130 starts last year.
"He just goes out there and gets it done," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He handles the bat very well. He's very competitive. So it's nice to move him around. Our guys need a chance to play and back-to-back games helps him out, too. If you're swinging good, you need to play."
Doumit has also seen his playing time decrease this year because of the emergence of rookie Oswaldo Arcia and the early frequency of off-days and rainouts, which has allowed Joe Mauer to start at catcher in 21 of the club's first 30 games. Doumit started at designated hitter on Wednesday for just the second time dating back to April 16.
Doumit homered and doubled in Tuesday's 6-1 win and said he's still trying to adjust to his role this year after playing in a career-high 134 games last year.
"It's something I've got to get used to," Doumit said. "I've never really dealt with anything like that in my career. I've always been a guy that's been used to playing, but it is what it is. What can you do at this point? All I can do is be the most prepared I can be any given day so when I'm in there I'm sharp."