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Phil Miller writes on the Twins and Major League Baseball

Twins
September 15, 2014

Swarzak gets fill-in start against Tigers

The Twins' long reliever prefers to start, and with Tommy Milone suffering from a sore neck, he gets his chance, albeit against a Cy Young winner
Twins
September 8, 2014
Sunlight streams in on the playing field during a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park in Milwaukee,

Twins to open 2015 season in Detroit on April 6

Next season's schedule is released, with 20 interleague games against NL Central teams, including a three-game weekend series at Milwaukee's Miller Park.
Twins
September 7, 2014

Postgame: Mauer can't solve Wilson

Angels lefty becomes third pitcher to whiff Mauer 10 times; Twins eliminated from AL Central race; Darnell sees hints of progress
Twins
September 7, 2014

Santana out of lineup for first time in 7 weeks

The Twins' rookie is bothered by a sore lower back, so Brian Dozier moves up to the leadoff spot for a day.
Twins
September 6, 2014

Postgame: Hughes' control is best in MLB history

Twins' ace hasn't walked a batter in a month, again; Vargas isn't playing "little-guy" strategy; Padding makes a difference
Twins
September 6, 2014
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes throws to the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Baltimo

Pregame: Hughes aims for 15th win; Perkins not available

Twins' ace Phil Hughes will try to take the AL lead in victories, but his team is missing closer Glen Perkins for a few days.
Twins
September 6, 2014

Postgame: Twins suffer minor injuries and leaky defense in marathon game

Nolasco undone by some fielding mistakes; Fien, Schafer banged up; Burton was fill-in for Perkins
Twins
September 5, 2014
In this Aug. 31, 2014, photo, Los Angeles Angels' Matt Shoemaker throws against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Shoema

Pregame: Big contrast in pitchers Nolasco, Shoemaker

Angels' rookie starter Matt Shoemaker has a streak of three straight games without allowing a run, while the Twins' Ricky Nolasco has given up four or more runs in five of his last six games.
Twins
September 1, 2014
Outfielder Aaron Hicks, who struggled in previous stints in the big leagues, is a September call-up for the Twins.

Hicks, Pinto, Tonkin among 8 called up by Twins

Minnesota will give their Opening Day center fielder a third chance to keep the job; four pitchers and three other hitters added, too.
Twins
August 31, 2014

Postgame: Good stats, awful month for Twins

Twins scored lots of runs, and got big contributions from rookies -- and went 11-18 anyway.
Twins
August 31, 2014

Meyer on DL at Rochester; Thompson joins Twins

The newcomer will serve as lefty specialist in bullpen, as Twins try to snap their 1-6 skid by beating Baltimore.
Twins
August 31, 2014

Postgame: Suzuki takes one on the chin

Twins catcher refuses to come out; Vargas' feat comparable to some all-time greats; Arcia has manager's confidence, even in slump.
Twins
August 30, 2014

Twins prospect Meyer leaves Rochester game as precaution

Twins' top pitching prospect couldn't get loose, team says, and his velocity suffered large drop.
Twins
August 30, 2014
Twins starter Samuel Deduno, throwing in the first, struggled against the Astros and lasted only until the fourth inning before being pulled Sunday af

Astros claim Deduno off waivers from Twins

Righthander tantalized Twins with 95-mph fastball, but lack of control twice cost him a spot in rotation.
Twins
August 29, 2014

Postgame: Twins see Showalter's point about replay system

Orioles manager is outspoken critic of replay system, and after home-run decision, Gardenhire understands why.
Twins
August 29, 2014
Joe Mauer, in his return from the disabled list, connected for a two-run single that provided the decisive runs in the Twins' 4-2 victory at Houston o

Pregame: All-Star pressure the reason for Mauer's poor first half?

Ron Gardenhire believes Minnesota native Joe Mauer so wanted to play in this summer's All-Star Game at Target Field, he pressed at the plate. Mauer, though, doesn't buy it.
Twins
August 29, 2014

Postgame: Bullpen's workload remains high as Twins head to Baltimore

On to Baltimore with some weary arms; Arcia hustles his way to a triple; A big walk extends the big inning.
Twins
August 28, 2014
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) rounded the base after hit a home run in the third inning at Target Field Sunday August 17 , 2014 in Minne

Pregame: Mauer out of lineup for Twins finale in KC

The Twins wrap up their series in Kansas City with the first change in 17 games atop their lineup. Joe Mauer will sit this one out.
Twins
August 28, 2014

Postgame: Has Hendriks found a home in Kansas City?

Ex-Twin took joy in beating former team; Gardenhire's not worried about Fien; Hughes may have had best stuff of season
Twins
August 27, 2014
Liam Hendriks

Pregame: Hendriks makes Kansas City debut vs. Twins

Aussie Liam Hendriks, who makes Kansas City debut against Twins tonight, has been a minor-league star, but a flop every time he's been given a big-league opportunity.
Twins
August 27, 2014

Postgame: Superstitious? Perkins talked about blown saves before loss

Perkins gives up second career walk-off just hours after I interviewed him about the first; Nolasco the same, in good or bad; Twins to face Hendriks on Wednesday
Twins
August 26, 2014
Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton

Buxton to play in Arizona Fall League

The Twins' top prospect is hoping to rebound from a series of injuries that derailed his 2014 regular season.
Twins
August 26, 2014

Plouffe, Santana share AL co-player of week honor

The weekly award is the first for a Twins player since Chris Colabello won in early April.
Twins
August 25, 2014

Postgame: Missed opportunities costly for Twins once again

Twins needed an inning or two more from Gibson; Dozier, Mauer left bases loaded; Arcia misplayed a line drive.
Twins
August 25, 2014
Ron Gardenhire

Gardenhire not ready to discuss 2015

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says he paid no attention to a report that he'll be back for 2015, and won't discuss it until after this season ends.