DETROIT -- Shortstop Brian Dozier is certainly finding a home in the big leagues.
The 25-year-old, who began the season in the Minors and made his Major League debut on May 7, was hitting .286 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs over his first 10 games.
"He's playing well, with a lot of intensity," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's got a good swing. He's very athletic. Moves around a lot out there. He's paying attention. We like all those things."
Dozier was an integral part in the Twins piling up a season-high 11 runs Wednesday night in Detroit, as he scored the game's first run and hit a three-run home run in his second at-bat. The Twins needed all of his offense to beat the Tigers, 11-7, in the high-scoring affair.
Dozier won the club's Minor League Player of the Year Award last year, hitting .320 with 33 doubles, nine home runs and 56 RBIs. He came into the season ranked as the Twins' No. 14 prospect, according to MLB.com. In 28 games with Triple-A Rochester this season before being called up to the Majors, Dozier was hitting .276.
In 10 games with Minnesota, he has four multihit games and has hit safely in seven of the 10 he's played. He's also taken over the role of everyday shortstop, where he's committed only one error.
"I like all parts of it right now," Gardenhire said. "He needs to keep that intensity and continue to work like he's been working. But it's fun to watch."
Twins place Blackburn, not Doumit, on DL
DETROIT -- After announcing on Wednesday night that catcher Ryan Doumit would be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain, manager Ron Gardenhire said Thursday an MRI revealed only a mild strain and a DL stint wouldn't be necessary.
"He got good news on the MRI last night, and it's a mild strain of the calf," Gardenhire said. "The thoughts are it will be a few days here. He believes if he had to go out there, he could play right now.
"The announcement that he was on the DL was just a little bit early. We kind of got ahead of ourselves. I think I said in a press conference last night, 'Possibility of him going on the DL, but we would wait and see.' But we just got a little ahead of ourselves. It's our mistake."
General manager Terry Ryan said no paperwork was filed and a roster move doesn't have to be finalized until both teams enter their lineup cards. Therefore, there was no issue, other than some confusion.
However, it wasn't all good news for Minnesota, as there still was a move made. After reporting a "stabbing" feeling in his left quad in two straight starts, Nick Blackburn was placed on the 15-day DL with a left quad strain.
Blackburn got pegged for six runs in two innings and was pulled after only 53 pitches on Wednesday. He said he tried to fight through the pain, but his results were obviously affected.
"He needs to go on [the DL], and he needs to get right," Gardenhire said. "And he'll tell you the same thing. He's got to get this thing straightened out, because it was barking at him pretty good last night."
Gardenhire said the right-hander will fly back to Minnesota and meet with the trainer and team doctor to figure out treatment and recovery. Outfielder Ben Revere was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Blackburn's place.
Revere recalled from Triple-A Rochester
DETROIT -- With Nick Blackburn hitting the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain suffered in Wednesday night's 11-7 win over the Tigers, the Twins recalled outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester.
Revere has been in and out of the Majors this season, starting the year in with the Twins before being sent down on April 14 when the club claimed Clete Thomas off waivers. Revere was recalled a couple weeks later when Josh Willingham went on paternity leave, but upon Willingham's return, he was optioned down again.
Now Revere is back with Minnesota for the third time, and while he hopes it sticks, the 24-year-old is just looking to make the most out of another opportunity.
"It's just trying to help the team win, no matter what," Revere said. "I've always been a team player. Hopefully I can be the table-setter. Hopefully we can get back on a winning streak ... I'm just trying to help this team win, no matter what."
Revere showed promise last season in 117 games with the Twins. He hit .267 with 30 RBIs, and although the power numbers weren't there -- he had no home runs -- he stole 34 bases.
However, with the signing of Willingham in the offseason, the Twins didn't want the young outfielder serving primarily as a backup, so the club decided Revere would be better used by playing every day in Rochester.
"It's up to the guys in the front office," Revere said. "I'm just going to keep playing my game, no matter what. They told me, 'Keep playing, don't change a thing and just have fun with it.' And I'm going to keep doing that, and hopefully, they'll change their mind. We'll see."
After taking a 4 a.m. flight to Detroit, Revere was inserted right into the starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers, batting leadoff and playing center field.
"I came straight here, got a Red Bull and I'm ready to go," Revere said.
Other than a favorable MRI, one of the biggest reasons Doumit didn't end up on the disabled list was because he was very passionate about avoiding it in a meeting Thursday morning.
"That is a pleasant response," said Ryan, who was part of the meeting. "Usually you're battling guys maybe the other way. It is refreshing to see a guy that does not want to get on there. Obviously, if you're hurt, you need to go on. But he wants to stay off there. That's a nice thing, especially the way he's swinging the bat."
Denard Span missed his third consecutive game Thursday with a sore right hamstring. However, Gardenhire said the center fielder will return for this weekend's Interleague series in Milwaukee.
"He feels better," Gardenhire said. "Denard's ready to come back out there. We're going to play Ben [Revere] today and give [Span] a day, but he should be ready to play in Milwaukee."
With a .138 batting average, Trevor Plouffe hasn't been great this season. But Gardenhire has kept faith in the outfielder, putting him in the lineup on most days. On Wednesday, it paid off, as Plouffe it a two-run home run to give the Twins a four-run lead in the ninth.
"The relief that we saw on his face after he got back to the dugout, that's what you kind of manage for," Gardenhire said. "Those are the kind of moments that you see a guy all of a sudden get that big hit and you feel pretty good for him."
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.