Rookie outfielder Aaron Hicks was back in the starting lineup Wednesday after being upbraided by manager Ron Gardenhire, who didn’t divulge the details of his message.

“It was personal thing between him and I,” Gardenhire said. “When I talk to a player like that, I don’t run him out of the dugout. You guys put the camera on and everything goes crazy. But that’s something between him and I. Something I want him to understand.

“We had our moment. It was a great moment. We were heroes on the Internet. That’s great. And he’s playing tonight. I don’t know how I did that.”

Hicks didn’t start Tuesday — part of the reason being his defensive play — but he entered in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement. Jonny Gomes flew out to center in the bottom of the eighth, with Hicks catching the ball then immediately flipping it from his glove to Brian Dozier.

After the inning, Gardenhire let Hicks have it, which was caught on camera.

“That’s what needs to be done,” Hicks said. “You see something like that — something that I didn’t know that I did — it’s important to have them talk to me, and that’s the last time I should do that.”

Hicks struck out in the first inning Wednesday but hammered a two-run single during the Twins’ seven-run second inning.

When asked if he’s hard to play for, specifically for a young player, Gardenhire joked: “Real easy. Do it my way and you’ll be fine.”

Then he added: “I wanted [Hicks] back out there playing. He’s fine. We have a belief around here that there is a right way and a wrong way to play the game. If I see something and if I don’t say anything to a player and I let it go, then I’m not doing my job. If a guy doesn’t run a ball out, it doesn’t matter who it is, and I don’t say something, then I am not doing my job. That’s not the way I was brought up by Tom Kelly in the organization.”