9/18/2013 12:31 A.M. ET
Presley sits out; Mastroianni starts in center
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Alex Presley was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday night, marking the first time he didn't start in center field since being acquired from the Pirates in the trade that sent Justin Morneau to Pittsburgh.
Presley was officially acquired on Aug. 31, and started all 15 of Minnesota's games dating back to Sept. 1. He fared well in his first 15 games with the Twins, hitting .302/.343/.397 with one homer, three doubles and seven RBIs.
"I'm pretty impressed with him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's done a real nice job for us. He's swinging the bat and hanging in there against tough pitchers he hasn't faced before. He's had some big hits for us. I think he's just doing just fine and making a statement he knows how to play up here, and that's a good thing."
Darin Mastroianni started in center field in Presley's place, and batted leadoff for the Twins. It was Mastroianni's first start in center since April 15.
Presley entered the Twins 4-3 loss in the seventh inning as a pinch-runner and played the final innings in center field. In his only at-bat, he lined out to shortstop Alexei Ramirez to end the game.
Hendriks or De Vries to start Sunday vs. Oakland
CHICAGO -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he hasn't decided whether Liam Hendriks or Cole De Vries will start against the A's on Sunday.
Hendriks recorded just two outs in his start against the White Sox on Monday night, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks. De Vries pitched in long relief, surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks over five innings.
Hendriks has posted a 6.87 ERA in eight starts this year, while De Vries has a 7.88 ERA in two relief appearances totaling eight innings.
Gardenhire said he'll meet with the pitchers and pitching coach Rick Anderson to make a decision on who will make the start in Oakland.
"We have a few of days to figure it out," Gardenhire said. "We used two pitchers last night and I guarantee you one of those pitchers will make that start. It's a 50/50. We'll let Andy sit down and talk to both pitchers and figure out the way to go."
• Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who has been out since Aug. 19 after sustaining a concussion on a foul tip, has stayed at home the last two days on the advice of head trainer Dave Pruemer, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan. Mauer was able to work out at home on Monday and Tuesday and is expected to work out at Target Field on Wednesday. There's still no timetable for his return.
• After giving up seven runs in the first inning against the White Sox on Monday, the Twins have given up 112 runs in the first inning, which is the highest total in the Majors. The Twins gave up the second-highest total of runs in the first inning last season, when they allowed 125, one less than Boston's 126.
• Pedro Florimon became the first Twins player to be ejected this season, when he was tossed for arguing with home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez during Monday's game. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been ejected five times.