KANSAS CITY -- With Thursday's First-Year Player Draft on the horizon, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire took a trip down memory lane and recalled his own Draft experience as a sixth-round pick of the New York Mets in 1979.
Gardenhire was playing for Texas in the College World Series when he got the word that the Mets had selected him.
"It's a big moment," Gardenhire said. "I was on the field and my dad was in the stands. I was told I was taken by the Mets and I kind of looked up at him. He was pretty excited and my dad wasn't a guy who got excited about too many things. That was pretty neat."
Gardenhire said he thinks it's a good adjustment that the Draft is no longer held in the midst of the College World Series because of potential distractions.
"There was a lot of disappointment on our team during that Draft," Gardenhire said. "Some guys didn't get drafted as early as they thought they would. So, it kind of affected our team. We didn't play very well during that World Series and we had a pretty good team."
Gardenhire received a $5,000 signing bonus as a sixth-round pick but had to borrow money from his father before traveling to Lynchburg, Va., for his initial Minor League assignment.
"I was happy with it," Gardenhire said. "But I didn't get it for a while. It's not like it came before I took off. The sixth-round money has changed just a little bit."
Doumit simplifies approach on RBI surge
KANSAS CITY -- The Twins' rise in the standings over the past two weeks has coincided with Ryan Doumit's rise in the RBI department.
Doumit entered Wednesday's game against the Royals with 13 RBIs over an eight-game stretch. That's the most in the American League since May 27 and the second most in the Major Leagues behind Dominic Brown of the Phillies with 15.
"It feels good. It feels like every time I'm at bat there's somebody in scoring position," Doumit said. "It's a testament to the guys who are hitting in front of me."
Manager Ron Gardenhire used Doumit as his designated hitter on Wednesday. Doumit was in the No. 5 slot behind Eduardo Escobar, Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau.
"I'm just getting back to basics," Doumit said. "After a slow start, I watched some video and just tried to get back and simplify things. I'm in a little bit of a groove right now."
Gardenhire has enjoyed watching Doumit's recent RBI spree, which included four homers, two doubles and a triple over a seven-game span.
"He has been getting a lot of big base hits," Gardenhire said. "I feel pretty good about our offense and Doumit especially. We're putting ourselves in a lot of situations to get hits and knock in runs."
Twins welcome break in schedule on Mondays
KANSAS CITY -- For the entire month of June, Monday will be a day of rest for the Twins.
The schedule sets up nicely with four consecutive Mondays off. The Twins will have to pay a price for that with a more rigorous schedule in July and August.
"You just enjoy it while you can," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Gardenhire isn't currently planning any pitching rotation alterations for June.
"We'll just take that day by day," Gardenhire said. "I'd like to keep them right in line as they are right now. Six days between starts? That's not a bad thing. We'll just see how it goes. If we feel like we need to do something we can do it. We need these guys to pitch. Skipping them may not be the right thing. We just have to see how they go."
• Eight players from Class A Cedar Rapids have been selected for the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game in Dayton, Ohio, on June 18.
The Kernels' starters include first baseman Dalton Hicks, second baseman Jorge Polanco, outfielder Byron Buxton and outfielder Adam Walker. Infielders Travis Harrison and Niko Goodrum and pitchers Tyler Duffey and Jose Berrios were selected as reserves.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.