Twins excited to host the 2014 All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Team president Dave St. Peter is encouraged by season-ticket sales for next season but says it's too early to make a projection, as the renewal date is next week.

St. Peter acknowledged that the season-ticket base has declined over the last few years. There was a base of about 25,000 season tickets in both 2010 and 2011, but that number dropped to 23,000 in 2012 and 18,000 in 2013.

Even so, the Twins expect season-ticket sales to remain strong, as Target Field is set to host the 2014 All-Star Game.

"They're good," St. Peter said. "We're still very bullish that our season-ticket base will be one of the bigger ones in the game. I'm not predicting that it's going to go up. I'm not predicting it's going to go down. It's too early to tell."

St. Peter also thanked fans for sticking with the team despite its struggles over the last year. Despite another season with 90-plus losses, the Twins are averaging 30,669 tickets sold per game, which ranks 17th in the Majors, comfortably ahead of such contending teams as the A's (22,337), Indians (19,259) and Rays (18,645).

"People are upset with our on-field play, and they should be, but the bottom line is, I don't think our fan base gets enough credit for their support of this team," St. Peter said. "Not just this year but the last two years. I think it says a lot about this market that our attendance is hanging in there the way it is through a very difficult month."

Arcia back in action for Minnesota

MIN@OAK: Arcia plates a pair with single in ninth

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who bruised his right knee during batting practice on Monday, returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Indians.

Arcia sustained the injury while jumping up against the wall to make a catch during outfield drills, and a precautionary MRI was performed on Wednesday.

The results were clean, and he was able to serve as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning on Thursday night. But he struck out on three pitches with two runners on to end the game, a 6-5 Minnesota loss.

Arcia made his return at designated hitter and batted cleanup on Friday. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Arcia is healthy enough that he didn't even ask him if he was ready to play.

"He was fine last night," Gardenhire said. "He swung good in the cage and felt great during [batting practice] and ran around the bases."

Arcia, 22, is hitting .254/.307/.435 with 14 homers, 17 doubles and 43 RBIs in 96 games as a rookie this year.

Worth noting

• With nine strikeouts on Thursday night, the Twins passed the 2012 A's and moved into fourth place on Major League Baseball's all-time single-season strikeout list. The Twins have struck out a club-record 1,391 times this year, eight fewer than the 2001 Brewers.

• The Twins have 44 outfield assists this year, which leads the Majors. That's the third-highest total in team history, trailing their totals in 1983 (52) and 1984 (47). Minnesota last led the Majors in outfield assists in 1995.

• Rookie reliever Michael Tonkin has started his career with a 0.00 ERA in his first eight appearances. The right-hander has struck out 10 and walked two over 10 1/3 innings but has surrendered five unearned runs.