It is the 11th career start at DH for Ramirez, and fourth as a Dodger. In his previous 10 starts at DH, Ramirez has hit .333/.395/.513. In three DH starts with the Dodgers, Ramirez is 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles, a home run and three walks.
Manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday he plans to use the designated hitter spot during this series to give a day off to Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
Dodgers designated hitters this season (which to date consists of three games in Minnesota) are 5-for-13 (.385) with three doubles and three walks.
Carlos Triunfel, who is 2-for-2 with a home run in limited duty, makes his first start at shortstop as a Dodger, batting ninth. Triunfel has played in four games as a late-inning replacement on defense at shortstop for Ramirez, totaling 7⅓ innings.
Miguel Rojas starts at third base, batting eighth.