HOU@MIN: Swarzak fans five over three scoreless

HOUSTON -- Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak tossed a season high 4 1/3 innings of relief on Monday. Swarzak held the Astros in check while the Twins rallied from a three-run deficit for a 10-6 win in the series opener.

Swarzak entered the day leading all Major League relievers with 86 1/3 innings pitched this season. The next closest was the D-backs' Josh Collmenter with 80. That total is also the most by a Twins reliever since Matt Guerrier threw 88 innings in 2007.

Swarzak is part of a Twins bullpen that has eaten up 471 2/3 innings this season, second only to Toronto (473 1/3) entering Tuesday's game.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was concerned about leaving Swarzak in for his final inning.

"He had thrown 55 pitches before that inning," Gardenhire said of the 70-pitch outing. "I just don't want him to hurt himself.

"It looked like he was getting a little tired, but his last two innings were pretty good. He told me he felt great, so we ran him back out for one more inning. And that helps. That saves a couple of other arms. That was a big inning."

Arcia returns after left wrist injury

CLE@MIN: Arcia doubles home Morneau in the first

HOUSTON -- Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday, batting seventh. Arcia has played in just one game (on Aug. 24) since bruising his left wrist on Aug. 19 while diving for a fly ball.

Arcia entered the game hitting .254 with 10 homers, third most among American League rookies, and has driven in 32 in 77 games. He put together a career high nine-game hitting streak just prior to the injury.

"He told me he was able to play," manager Ron Gardenhire said prior to Tuesday's game. "We've waited and waited and waited [for his return]."

Gardenhire said that Arcia would be a no-go if he had issues during pregame batting practice.

"I was told [on Monday] that he was feeling great," Gardenhire said. "He's been telling me he's ready to go for three days -- ready to pinch-hit, ready to play."

Doumit to play many positions upon return

MIN@DET: Doumit drills a three-run homer

HOUSTON -- Ryan Doumit is expected to make a return to the lineup for the Wednesday afternoon series finale against the Astros. Doumit, who suffered a concussion on Aug. 7, pinch-hit on Monday and wasn't in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

"He'll be in there tomorrow," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "There's no injuries, we've just got other people. And we're going to mix people as best we can, use some kids."

Doumit, who has caught 43 games and played the outfield in 56, will continue to wear many hats, according to Gardenhire.

"He's going to be the DH a lot, he'll play right field a little bit," Gardenhire said. "I don't know how much catching he's going to do. I'm going to talk to him about that and we'll go from there."

Doumit needs four homers to reach 100 for his career.