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Phil Miller

Reporter | Minnesota Twins and MLB
Phil has covered college football and basketball, the NBA (Utah Jazz) and Major League Baseball for 25 years.
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Twins, Braves near deal for lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia

Twins, Braves near deal for lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia

Starter has 3.65 career ERA, but a history of injuries.
Encore earned: Colon absorbs loss in Twins debut, will get another shot

Encore earned: Colon absorbs loss in Twins debut, will get another shot

Bartolo Colon produced a mixed effort in his Twins debut - starting strong but eventually allowing four earned runs in four innings - and manager Paul Molitor said the 44-year-old will make his next scheduled start.
'Not really helping anybody': Hughes' season likely over

'Not really helping anybody': Hughes' season likely over

Phil Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Twins roster for Bartolo Colon. Kennys Vargas was demoted so reliever Craig Breslow could be activated.
Twins break through in eighth to thwart Yankees

Twins break through in eighth to thwart Yankees

The Twins strung together fourth consecutive hits, with pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar driving in the go-ahead run and Eddie Rosario following with an RBI double to beat the Yankees.
With Colon, Twins hope age is a beauty

With Colon, Twins hope age is a beauty

Colon has 235 victories, piling up most of them back when his fastball was closer to 100 mph than 90, and he won a Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: The new great one hits Target Field

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: The new great one hits Target Field

Let's put it in terms that should awe Twins fans: Judge is bigger than Miguel Sano — he's 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, compared to Sano's 6-4 and 260 — and he hits the ball harder and farther, too.
Cano's HR wins All-Star Game but three Twins make their mark in Miami

Cano's HR wins All-Star Game but three Twins make their mark in Miami

Robinson Cano broke the 10th-inning tie, which was 1-1 thanks to an RBI from Miguel Sano and a home run allowed by Ervin Santana. Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning.
All-Stars applaud not using game to decide home field for World Series

All-Stars applaud not using game to decide home field for World Series

Tuesday's was the first All-Star Game since 2003 that won't have an effect on the postseason — home-field advantage will go to the team with the best record — and you could sense relief among the All-Stars.
Minnesotans Neshek, Hand take path less traveled to All-Star glory

Minnesotans Neshek, Hand take path less traveled to All-Star glory

Chaska's Brad Hand and Brooklyn Park's Pat Neshek have traveled similar paths to become All-Star relievers.
Sano plotting revenge after losing to Judge in Home Run Derby final

Sano plotting revenge after losing to Judge in Home Run Derby final

Sounding like a boxer beaten but unbowed, convinced he can win. That's what Miguel Sano was saying after his runner-up finish in the All-Star Home Run Derby: He wants a rematch in 2018.
'He's grown up': Sano's maturity has baseball taking notice

'He's grown up': Sano's maturity has baseball taking notice

Miguel Sano, whose talent was major league before his work ethic was, went home to the Dominican Republic after last season depressed about how he played and motivated to fix it.
Twins prospect Gordon helps U.S. to victory in Futures Game

Twins prospect Gordon helps U.S. to victory in Futures Game

The 2014 draft pick, now the shortstop at Class AA Chattanooga, singled and scored in the fourth inning.
'Aggressive' Angels find a way to beat Twins, Santana: a delayed double steal

'Aggressive' Angels find a way to beat Twins, Santana: a delayed double steal

Cameron Maybin pulled off the first successful steal of home against the Twins since 2003 on Wednesday, allowing the Angels to get in position to steal the finale of the three-game series.
Twins put Santiago on 10-day disabled list, recall Busenitz

Twins put Santiago on 10-day disabled list, recall Busenitz

Hector Santiago hasn't been the same pitcher since mid-May — he had a 2.76 ERA on May 9, and a 9.96 ERA and seven consecutive losses since.
Shift leaves rift in latest Twins loss

Shift leaves rift in latest Twins loss

Starter Hector Santiago and manager Paul Molitor appear at odds following abbreviated outing against the Royals.
Twins' Sano, Santana named to AL All-Star team

Twins' Sano, Santana named to AL All-Star team

"I remember in spring training I told [Santana], 'We're going to the All-Star Game together,' " Sano said. "So I'm glad that it is happening, that we get to go together and hopefully represent the team well."
Recent skid sours Twins' mood at halfway point of season

Recent skid sours Twins' mood at halfway point of season

The Twins reached the halfway point of the season Sunday one game over .500, 14 games better than a year ago. Sure doesn't feel like it, they said. That's what a long and lately lousy road trip will do.
Twins split doubleheader with Royals after 10-5 win in nightcap

Twins split doubleheader with Royals after 10-5 win in nightcap

The split of long day in Kansas City kept the AL Central standings frozen, since first-place Cleveland and fourth-place Detroit also split a pair.
Twins lose Game 1 of doubleheader, fall into 2nd place tie with KC

Twins lose Game 1 of doubleheader, fall into 2nd place tie with KC

The Twins on Saturday afternoon led 5-1 after three innings but the Royals used the long ball to claim an 11-6 victory and move into a tie for second place in the AL Central.
Royals tee off as Twins, Santana melt down in 8-1 loss

Royals tee off as Twins, Santana melt down in 8-1 loss

Ervin Santana botched an easy double-play ball, and never recovered on the mound as the Royals took advantage en route to an 8-1 victory.
Jorge making rare jump from Class AA to Twins starting pitcher

Jorge making rare jump from Class AA to Twins starting pitcher

It's believed Felix Jorge, scheduled starter in Game 2 Saturday, is the first Twins pitcher since Brad Thomas in 2001 to start a major league game out of Class AA.
Nick Gordon chosen for All-Star Futures Game

Nick Gordon chosen for All-Star Futures Game

Gordon will be the lone Twins player taking part this season, but he's the second member of his own family to take part in the Futures Game.
Kepler, Sano have big hits while Mejia shuts down Red Sox in 4-1 win

Kepler, Sano have big hits while Mejia shuts down Red Sox in 4-1 win

Miguel Sano and Max Kepler busted their slumps, combining for all four RBI. Afterward, Sano declined to address a social media report that he's been invited to participate in the All-Star Game's home run derby.
Hughes to 'roll with the punches' in Twins bullpen for now

Hughes to 'roll with the punches' in Twins bullpen for now

The Twins activated Phil Hughes early, and plan to pitch him out of the bullpen for the rest of the 2017 season.
Night of rain, hits and errors results in Red Sox crushing Twins

Night of rain, hits and errors results in Red Sox crushing Twins

An astonishing 17 of the first 31 Boston batters reached base, two of them via error but two of them via long home runs that left little doubt about the game's outcome.
Sale is too much for Twins and Berrios in 4-1 Red Sox victory

Sale is too much for Twins and Berrios in 4-1 Red Sox victory

The Twins scored one run, squandered another terrific start by Jose Berrios and fell out of first place after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball

Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball

Assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a Twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.
Melotakis, Wimmers designated for assignment as Twins call up Gee, Hildenberger

Melotakis, Wimmers designated for assignment as Twins call up Gee, Hildenberger

Mason Melotakis, a second-round draft choice who was once considered a top bullpen prospect, was designated for assignment as part of the latest Twins' roster moves.
Soggy mess: Twins wait out long delay, give away game in a hurry

Soggy mess: Twins wait out long delay, give away game in a hurry

After a rain delay of nearly five hours, Nik Hurley didn't make it through the first inning of a 9-0 loss to the White Sox.
Santana struggles but Twins 'offense took care of it;' Vargas blasts 475-foot homer

Santana struggles but Twins 'offense took care of it;' Vargas blasts 475-foot homer

Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas smashed home runs and the Twins' bullpen bailed out starter Ervin Santana for a 9-7 victory against the White Sox.
Hughes to experiment with return to pitching from the bullpen

Hughes to experiment with return to pitching from the bullpen

Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team will "try" Phil Hughes in the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 21.
Top overall pick Lewis signs $6.7 million contract with Twins

Top overall pick Lewis signs $6.7 million contract with Twins

Lewis signed at a news conference between games of the Twins' doubleheader, and he will soon report to the Twins' Gulf Coast League rookie team in Fort Myers, Fla.
Twins swept by Indians in doubleheader, fall from division lead

Twins swept by Indians in doubleheader, fall from division lead

Now 14-23 at home, the Twins fell out of first place for the first time since May 9. They will try to avoid a four-game sweep Sunday with Kyle Gibson on the mound against Trevor Bauer.
Mariners use the long ball to beat Santana, Twins 6-4

Mariners use the long ball to beat Santana, Twins 6-4

The Mariners handed Ervin Santana a two-run deficit just five pitches into his start Wednesday, and beat the Twins at Target Field.
Another bullpen collapse costs Twins chance to sweep Giants

Another bullpen collapse costs Twins chance to sweep Giants

Matt Belisle gave up four runs in the eighth inning and Craig Breslow five in the ninth as the Twins blew a one-run lead in a 13-8 loss to San Francisco.
Turley gets first major league lesson: Don't fall behind in the count

Turley gets first major league lesson: Don't fall behind in the count

Turley is almost certain to get another start for the Twins, likely Friday against Cleveland.
Gimenez gets steal sign vs. Giants, and runs with it

Gimenez gets steal sign vs. Giants, and runs with it

Twins catcher Chris Gimenez on Saturday stole his first base since August 4, 2015.
Two home runs add up to victory for Twins, Berrios

Two home runs add up to victory for Twins, Berrios

One inning after Kennys Vargas blasted a solo home run, Brian Dozier turned on a high fastball in the fifth inning to provide all the offense the Twins would need to beat the Giants.
Santana pitches, hits his way to victory for Twins

Santana pitches, hits his way to victory for Twins

Twins starter Ervin Santana pitched a 4-0 shutout, and three of those runs came off of his bat as well with a bases-clearing double.
Ehire Adrianza doing a bit of everything for Twins

Ehire Adrianza doing a bit of everything for Twins

Ehire Adrianza is a career .229 hitter, but since changing his swing the above-average shortstop has gone 8-for-27 (.296) in sporadic usage, and he believes he can do even better.
Newest Twin Heston is getting a career reboot

Newest Twin Heston is getting a career reboot

Friday is the the two-year anniversary of Chris Heston's career highlight: The day he no-hit the Mets in Citi Field.
There's no such thing as a sure thing with top pick in MLB draft

There's no such thing as a sure thing with top pick in MLB draft

The No. 1 pick in baseball is a crapshoot, and the Twins - with Tim Belcher and Joe Mauer as their previous top picks - know that as well as any other team.
Stunned in Seattle: Two-out, two-run walk-off homer sinks Twins

Stunned in Seattle: Two-out, two-run walk-off homer sinks Twins

Mike Zunino's two-out blast, his second homer of the game, came after Ben Gamel singled up the middle off Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. It was Seattle's fourth home run Wednesday.
More than just an All-Star berth, Sano wants spot in home run derby

More than just an All-Star berth, Sano wants spot in home run derby

Miguel Sano has pulled ahead of Cleveland's Jose Ramirez by 97,912 votes and Manny Machado by 118,836 in the fan voting for the starting spot at third base for the American League.
Sixteen years after No. 1 pick, no regrets for Twins or Joe Mauer

Sixteen years after No. 1 pick, no regrets for Twins or Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer is one of the great success stories not only in Minnesota draft history, but of the draft overall.
Mauer's moment: First career walk-off HR carries Twins over Red Sox

Mauer's moment: First career walk-off HR carries Twins over Red Sox

Joe Mauer blasted a pitch from Matt Barnes over the fence in left-center field for a home run that gave the Twins a 4-3 victory. It was Mauer's first walk-off home run in 6,010 career at-bats.
Getting his green card, Twins' Escobar pursues American dream

Getting his green card, Twins' Escobar pursues American dream

Eduardo Escobar, a Venezuelan native, flew to Miami after Monday afternoon's game to be interviewed by U.S. immigration, the final step in giving Escobar permanent resident status in the United States.
Greene? McKay? Wright? Falvey coy about Twins' No. 1 draft choice

Greene? McKay? Wright? Falvey coy about Twins' No. 1 draft choice

Baseball operations head Derek Falvey, handed the draft's most valuable asset in his first season as chief baseball officer, has the final say over how the Twins will use it.
Massive meltdown: Twins go from 8-2 lead to 16-8 loss in final two innings

Massive meltdown: Twins go from 8-2 lead to 16-8 loss in final two innings

The Twins bullpen, overburdened by a marathon holiday weekend, suffered its worst collapse in the team's 57-year history, giving up 14 runs in two innings to the Houston Astros.
Buxton hand injury not serious, but departure made big impact

Buxton hand injury not serious, but departure made big impact

Buxton said the finger was painful after the game, but "I was very relieved. It could have been worse than it was. Hopefully I'll be back out there tomorrow."
Rays drill back-to-back homers in 15th to sink Twins

Rays drill back-to-back homers in 15th to sink Twins

Losing bell tolls for Twins after nearly 6½ hours over 15 innings.
In need of pitching, Twins send Vargas back to minors

In need of pitching, Twins send Vargas back to minors

The Twins bullpen was forced to throw 201 pitches and absorb 9⅔ innings in the 15-inning defeat, with all seven relievers and Hector Santiago, Wednesday's scheduled starter, forced into action.
MLB Insider: Teams learn to make the most of their 25-man roster

MLB Insider: Teams learn to make the most of their 25-man roster

The Twins have turned to a four-man bench for now.
Playing big at short: Polanco claims position Twins never seem to fill

Playing big at short: Polanco claims position Twins never seem to fill

The the Twins' shortstop puzzle might lie in Jorge Polanco, a 23-year-old Dominican who was projected, as recently as 15 months ago, to be a second baseman.
Orioles manager Showalter: Twins 'not going away'

Orioles manager Showalter: Twins 'not going away'

Buck Showalter is now a believer in the team that had the worst record in baseball last season, proclaiming the Twins' sweep of the series much more than a fluke.
Berrios, Rogers pitch out of jams to cement Twins sweep over Orioles

Berrios, Rogers pitch out of jams to cement Twins sweep over Orioles

Jose Berrios shook off allowing three solo home runs to pitch another slid outing, and the bullpen led by Taylor Rogers got the outs needed to send the Twins to a sweep and a 14-5 road record.
'All about Ervin': Santana pitches two-hit shutout for Twins over Baltimore

'All about Ervin': Santana pitches two-hit shutout for Twins over Baltimore

Just one Baltimore base runner reached third base Tuesday night against Ervin Santana, who led the Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Orioles.
Sano on what's ahead: 'More RBIs, more team wins. I can feel it.'

Sano on what's ahead: 'More RBIs, more team wins. I can feel it.'

Miguel Sano's 37 RBI lead the American League, and he's quick to deflect the praise. "Everybody here is hitting really good," he said.
Down 5-0 in second inning, Twins recover to smash Orioles 14-7

Down 5-0 in second inning, Twins recover to smash Orioles 14-7

Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano had four hits apiece, Joe Mauer had his first three-hit game since Aug. 16 and Kyle Gibson was the winning pitcher despite giving up six runs in five innings.
'Be safe out there.' Twins outfielders mindful of Buxton's speed

'Be safe out there.' Twins outfielders mindful of Buxton's speed

The Twins spend extra time practicing those in-between fly balls, striving for better communication and fewer collisions.
Under new leadership, Twins pitchers reaping reward of advanced stats

Under new leadership, Twins pitchers reaping reward of advanced stats

Scouting meetings are so intricately detailed now, they're practically entertainment, at least to a baseball junkie like Twins manager Paul Molitor.
Rainout sets up a Target Field first: a true doubleheader

Rainout sets up a Target Field first: a true doubleheader

The matter of a makeup date was in the hands of the players, thanks to a collectively bargained MLB limit of three day-night doubleheaders per season without player approval.
Vargas delivers in a pinch before Twins beat Royals in 10 innings

Vargas delivers in a pinch before Twins beat Royals in 10 innings

Kennys Vargas parked a game-tying pinch-hit home run deep into the seats in the ninth inning. The Twins then drew three consecutive walks and won in 10 innings.
Mauer has shined with glove this season for Twins

Mauer has shined with glove this season for Twins

According to FanGraphs' Ultimate Zone Rating, Mauer is 2.4 runs better than an average first baseman. That's already easily the best mark since he moved to the position in 2014, and it leads the American League.
Long and short of it: Twins home run streak reaches 16 but Rockies win

Long and short of it: Twins home run streak reaches 16 but Rockies win

The Twins on Tuesday homered in their 16th consecutive game, but Twins pitchers have also given up a long ball in 10 consecutive home games.
Coming Saturday: Another mystery starting pitcher for the Twins

Coming Saturday: Another mystery starting pitcher for the Twins

Uncertainty has surrounded the identity of the Twins' starter on each of the first two Saturdays of May, and this Saturday will make it three in a row.
Chaos returns: Twins find little relief from bullpen

Chaos returns: Twins find little relief from bullpen

The bullpen, one of the reasons for surprise and optimism though the first four weeks of the season, melted down during last week's six-game homestand.
Tonkin is latest longtime Twins player sent packing

Tonkin is latest longtime Twins player sent packing

In the span of three days, new Twins brass decided Kyle Gibson, Danny Santana and Michael Tonkin could not survive subpar starts in 2017.
Before Sunday's main event, Red Sox knock out Twins in undercard

Before Sunday's main event, Red Sox knock out Twins in undercard

Ahead of Sunday's much-anticipated pitching matchup of Chris Sale and Ervin Santana, Boston scored eight times in the second inning en route to an 11-1 romp over the Twins.
Late Friday: Joe Mauer hits first walk-off homer of his career

Late Friday: Joe Mauer hits first walk-off homer of his career

His first career walk-off homer ruined a late Red Sox rally.
Berrios could get nod to replace Gibson in Twins rotation next week

Berrios could get nod to replace Gibson in Twins rotation next week

The Twins' top pitching prospect, frequently flawless at Class AAA but mostly disappointing in 14 major league starts, is one of two candidates to be called up for a start.
Twins pull Buxton from game following multiple collisions with wall

Twins pull Buxton from game following multiple collisions with wall

Three plays in center field - including two hard hits into the wall - eventually prompted Twins manager Paul Molitor to pull Byron Buxton from Thursday's game for his own good.
'It's not working': Twins demote Gibson after another poor outing

'It's not working': Twins demote Gibson after another poor outing

Kyle Gibson, a fixture in the Twins rotation since his 2013 debut, pitched four more chaotic innings in a substandard season Thursday and was sent to the minors after Thursday's loss to Oakland.
Twins' ugly homestand ends with blowout loss to Detroit

Twins' ugly homestand ends with blowout loss to Detroit

Catcher Chris Gimenez took to the mound to finish the game.
Boshers' reward for pitching well? Back to the minors

Boshers' reward for pitching well? Back to the minors

The lefthanded reliever became a casualty of the Twins' sudden shortage of bullpen arms and surplus of bullpen innings, spending roughly six hours in the big leagues before being sent back to the minors.
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