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Phil Miller

Reporter | University of Minnesota football
Phil has covered college football, basketball, the NBA (Utah Jazz) and major-league baseball (Minnesota Twins) since for more than 20 years.
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Twins loading up on starting pitching candidates

Twins loading up on starting pitching candidates

Roughly a dozen arms will audition for a starting staff in flux. "It doesn't matter if you have a spot, you still have to prove it," Ervin Santana said
Seven organizations in nine seasons: Twins catcher Gimenez is a survivor

Seven organizations in nine seasons: Twins catcher Gimenez is a survivor

Since reaching the majors in 2009, Chris Gimenez has been waived, designated for assignment or nontendered seven times, including once the day after he signed a contract.
Breslow worked his angles to get back with Twins

Breslow worked his angles to get back with Twins

Craig Breslow altered his pitching motion, charted results and created a market for an aging lefty.
Molitor says he wants the 'challenge' of the Twins

Molitor says he wants the 'challenge' of the Twins

Under watchful eye of new front office, Molitor returns as Twins manager.
New Twins regime's changes to routine won't be obvious at first

New Twins regime's changes to routine won't be obvious at first

The Twins' new era begins Tuesday, when Derek Falvey and Thad Levine oversee their pitching staff's first workout in Fort Myers, Fla. You will have to look closely, though, to notice any subtle changes.
Twins add veteran workhorse reliever Matt Belisle

Twins add veteran workhorse reliever Matt Belisle

Belisle, a 36-year-old righthander who has pitched for the Reds, Rockies, Cardinals and Nationals, has agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.05 million.
Twins earmarked for more than $13 million in MLB draft

Twins earmarked for more than $13 million in MLB draft

The bankroll is the biggest of any team (though teams can add additional spending space through trades), and the most money the Twins have been allowed to spend in one year since baseball adopted the draft-slotting system in 2012.
Escobar finds role in Twins infield in limbo again

Escobar finds role in Twins infield in limbo again

For the third time in four years, Escobar will report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., with the creeping feeling that he is considered Option B at shortstop.
Twins' Castro strives to catch on with teammates, fans

Twins' Castro strives to catch on with teammates, fans

New Castro has been studying video of each of the Twins pitchers since signing a three-year contract in November, and he spent TwinsFest getting to know them personally.
Twins, May both hope his relief days behind him

Twins, May both hope his relief days behind him

Healthy again after an injury-filled 2016, Trevor May has been promised a shot at a starting role, just as he was last year. This time, though, he believes the opportunity is legitimate.
Former Twins manager Kelly to be honored with statue at Target Field

Former Twins manager Kelly to be honored with statue at Target Field

Tom Kelly managed the Twins from 1986 to 2001, winning a pair of World Series titles.
Andy MacPhail, Michael Cuddyer to join Twins Hall of Fame

Andy MacPhail, Michael Cuddyer to join Twins Hall of Fame

Thirty years ago, Andy MacPhail built Minnesota's first World Series champion. Twenty years ago, Michael Cuddyer joined the Twins organization as a first-round draft pick.
Eggum takes big step forward as Gophers' interim wrestling coach (Jan. 6)

Eggum takes big step forward as Gophers' interim wrestling coach (Jan. 6)

Brandon Eggum, a J Robinson assistant after his wrestling days ended in 2000 and his top aide for five seasons, was hastily handed the reins when Robinson was fired last fall.
Buxton embracing simplified approach to 2017 Twins season

Buxton embracing simplified approach to 2017 Twins season

The center fielder hopes his September success means his days of big-league misery are behind him.
Twins pitcher Gibson avoids arbitration, gets raise to $2.9 million

Twins pitcher Gibson avoids arbitration, gets raise to $2.9 million

Kyle Gibson quadrupled his salary on Friday, the biggest raise among four Twins arbitration-eligible pitchers who settled on 2017 contracts with the team on Friday.
New Twins management says 'expect more activity' on roster in coming weeks

New Twins management says 'expect more activity' on roster in coming weeks

Dozens of veteran free agents remain unsigned, one month before spring training camps open, and only one big-name player has been traded since last season ended.
Twins won't stop listening to offers for Brian Dozier

Twins won't stop listening to offers for Brian Dozier

General Manager Thad Levine said the team never will put an artificial time limit on any transaction that could improve the team.
Toby Gardenhire joins Twins organization as minor-league instructor

Toby Gardenhire joins Twins organization as minor-league instructor

As former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire prepares for a new job this spring, his son (and former Twins farmhand) Toby Gardenhire is doing the same.

Twins to add Jeff Pickler to coaching staff

Jeff Pickler, a former SEC Player of the Year and professional scout who has spent the past two seasons in the Dodgers' front office, has been hired for Twins manager Paul Molitor's coaching staff for 2017
Hall of Famer Rod Carew undergoes successful heart, kidney transplant

Hall of Famer Rod Carew undergoes successful heart, kidney transplant

Former Twins superstar Rod Carew had a 13-hour operation Friday in Los Angeles to receive a heart and kidney transplant. Carew, 71, had been living with a left ventricular assist device since September 2015.
This isn't the first college football players boycott

This isn't the first college football players boycott

There have been several incidents involving player protests, including ones at Missouri and Oklahoma last year.
Twins looking for veterans in bullpen

Twins looking for veterans in bullpen

"If you have veterans for the eighth inning, ninth inning, they can shoulder the load and take the stress off the kids," GM Thad Levine said.
Plouffe 'curious' about what's next after being waived by Twins

Plouffe 'curious' about what's next after being waived by Twins

Trevor Plouffe, who has spent most of the past five seasons as the Twins' third baseman, has been waived and will become a free agent.
Twins boss Falvey on Mauer: 'He'll be here helping us out'

Twins boss Falvey on Mauer: 'He'll be here helping us out'

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine talked to fans about Joe Mauer, Byron Buxton and Neil Allen on Thursday night.
Twins considering options including 'very difficult decisions' with players

Twins considering options including 'very difficult decisions' with players

In the Twins' annual question-and-answer session for ticket holders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine hinted they are willing to trade even the most popular current players.
New Twins bosses won't deal in payroll exacts

New Twins bosses won't deal in payroll exacts

Twins new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey was blunt last week about how much money he and GM Thad Levine will have at their disposal: He doesn't care.
Arizona trip for GM meetings was a Twins baptism for new bosses

Arizona trip for GM meetings was a Twins baptism for new bosses

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine found time to circulate with peers from other teams and agents but, "our primary objective was more internally focused," Levine said.
Twins' Perkins about halfway through shoulder rehab program

Twins' Perkins about halfway through shoulder rehab program

Glen Perkins' lengthy recovery from extensive shoulder surgery means that the former Twins closer will have to win back a job in the bullpen in 2017.
Brunansky out as Twins hitting coach; first base coach Davis let go

Brunansky out as Twins hitting coach; first base coach Davis let go

The Twins also announced they will retain pitching coach Neil Allen, third base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and bench coach Joe Vavra.
New Twins execs happy to keep Paul Molitor at the helm

New Twins execs happy to keep Paul Molitor at the helm

The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
New Twins execs happy to keep Paul Molitor at the helm

New Twins execs happy to keep Paul Molitor at the helm

The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
Larkin has 'picture-perfect' memories of '91 World Series-winning hit

Larkin has 'picture-perfect' memories of '91 World Series-winning hit

It's a moment that has been replayed countless times, including regularly on the scoreboard at Target Field. Gene Larkin remembers the nerves and the anxiety of extra innings in Game 7, even 25 years later.

Brian Dozier named Twins MVP, most improved player by Twin Cities sportswriters

He was named MVP as the team's end of season awards were announced.
Ongoing success for Cleveland creates 'awkward' gap for Twins decisions

Ongoing success for Cleveland creates 'awkward' gap for Twins decisions

The Twins' front office is in an odd limbo for now, preparing for important decisions about the team's future without the team's new top baseball executive having any input.

Buxton leads off, sets base-rounding record

MLB's Statcast system timed Byron Buxton at 14.05 seconds around the bases, the fastest time ever recorded in the system's two seasons
Santiago shuts down White Sox as Twins win 6-0

Santiago shuts down White Sox as Twins win 6-0

Brian Dozier, stuck on 99 RBI, left the game with a sore leg muscle and is unlikely to play Sunday.
Worst Twins ever: Loss No. 103 sets team record

Worst Twins ever: Loss No. 103 sets team record

The 2016 Twins are the least successful team that Minnesota has ever witnessed in 56 seasons of Major League Baseball. A meek defeat in Chicago sealed that mark.
Suzuki expects he's moving on after three years with Twins

Suzuki expects he's moving on after three years with Twins

As it turned out, the Twins' Sept. 23 loss to Seattle in Target Field was probably Kurt Suzuki's farewell to Minnesota.

Kennys Vargas needs more than just power to win a job

Vargas said he understands the crowd at first base for the Twins, but he is optimistic he will be given a shot next year.
Tying team mark for losses, Twins finally score more than once in an inning

Tying team mark for losses, Twins finally score more than once in an inning

Not since the 1942 Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings without a multiple-run inning had any major league team suffered through such a lengthy offensive drought.
Dozier is a pretty good thief, too

Dozier is a pretty good thief, too

While Brian Dozier continues his pursuit of Rogers Hornsby's home-run record for second basemen, he's pulled alongside a few other legendary names with his remarkable season in stolen base success as well.
Twins offensive slump continues in 11-inning loss to Kansas City

Twins offensive slump continues in 11-inning loss to Kansas City

The Twins haven't scored more than one run in an inning in two weeks and moved within one loss of tying their single-season record for losses.
Derek Falvey part of 'first-class' operation with Indians

Derek Falvey part of 'first-class' operation with Indians

Falvey, who is expected to be formally named to his new post sometime in the next week, will try to bring that level of success to Minnesota, where the Twins are headed toward a new franchise record for futility.
How's Mauer's health? 'I feel terrible'

How's Mauer's health? 'I feel terrible'

Joe Mauer's past few months have been ruined by the strained quads he suffered in Atlanta on Aug. 16, while scoring from first base on a double.
Duffey's strong outing, Sano's home run end Twins losing streak

Duffey's strong outing, Sano's home run end Twins losing streak

The Twins avoided their 100th loss of the season with a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings.
Twins reliever Chargois hopes to hit 100 mph

Twins reliever Chargois hopes to hit 100 mph

J.T. Chargois, a second-round pick in 2012, hit 99 miles per hour three times during Thursday night's loss to Detroit
Twins' Vargas on his future: 'I need to hit home runs'

Twins' Vargas on his future: 'I need to hit home runs'

Kennys Vargas intends to discover whether his readjusted swing carries him as far as some of the tape-measure blasts he's hit this month.
Cabrera's huge night moves Twins closer to their worst record ever

Cabrera's huge night moves Twins closer to their worst record ever

Nobody should have been caught off guard by Miguel Cabrera's seventh-inning home run off Michael Tonkin, a vintage blast deep into the left field bleachers.
Buxton continues battling the weight of heavy expectations

Buxton continues battling the weight of heavy expectations

Now in his fourth stint with the Twins, he appears to be looking closer to the player fans have been hoping for from the day he was drafted.
Baseball Insider: Teams turning to science, research to save investments

Baseball Insider: Teams turning to science, research to save investments

The science of preserving arms becomes a go-to resource.
Twins' four errors make it an easy day for Kluber, Cleveland

Twins' four errors make it an easy day for Kluber, Cleveland

Their error total reached 114, far and away most in the American League.
Mauer's RBI single wins it for Twins over Cleveland in 12 innings

Mauer's RBI single wins it for Twins over Cleveland in 12 innings

The Twins mustered a 12th-inning rally - and Joe Mauer's second career walk-off hit - after some fine work by their pitchers.
Dozier homerless but Buxton's speed, bat leads to Twins win

Dozier homerless but Buxton's speed, bat leads to Twins win

Byron Buxton scored from second base on an infield error and banged a home run as the Twins won for the first time in their last eight games against Kansas City,
One bad pitch ruins Berrios' day in return to Twins

One bad pitch ruins Berrios' day in return to Twins

With the Twins up 4-2 and two out in the fifth inning of the Labor Day matinée against Kansas City, Kendrys Morales got ahead in the count 2-0 and then pounced on a changeup from Jose Berrios, smashing it so far, right fielder Logan Schafer didn't bother to turn around and watch it sail into orbit.
Dozier's three home runs not nearly enough as Twins fall to Royals

Dozier's three home runs not nearly enough as Twins fall to Royals

The Twins' constant losing is making it tough for him to savor his power exploits.
Offenses rule as White Sox outslug Twins

Offenses rule as White Sox outslug Twins

The Twins couldn't hold on to a four-run lead in a 13-11, 12-inning loss, or win a series at Target Field.
Grand slam, curtain call cap Buxton's return to Twins

Grand slam, curtain call cap Buxton's return to Twins

Buxton homered in three of the four games vs. the White Sox and is 9-for-16 with six extra-base hits and has struck out only once since his return from Class AAA.
Dozier, Kepler go deep but Twins sink deeper with 13th straight loss

Dozier, Kepler go deep but Twins sink deeper with 13th straight loss

Brian Dozier's 13th home run of the month came in the eighth inning, when the Twins had all but guaranteed a 13th straight loss.
Twins call up Buxton; Santana likely done for season

Twins call up Buxton; Santana likely done for season

With Danny Santana on the disabled list and Robbie Grossman nursing a sore oblique, "we need another body here in the short term," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Dozier's leadoff home run spoiled, Twins lose 12th straight

Dozier's leadoff home run spoiled, Twins lose 12th straight

The Twins proceeded to go backward after Brian Dozier belted the first pitch of Tuesday's game into the seats.
Escobar endures a yo-yo season for Twins

Escobar endures a yo-yo season for Twins

Eduardo Escobar this season has been the victim of slow starts, both his own and his team's.
Logan Schafer excited by Twins' call to return to big leagues

Logan Schafer excited by Twins' call to return to big leagues

At nearly 30, he's the oldest outfielder on the team by more than three years.
Twins make miserable history as losing streak hits 10 games

Twins make miserable history as losing streak hits 10 games

Josh Donaldson hit three home runs as the Twins blew another lead and approached a dubious major league record.
Danny Santana lands on disabled list after first-inning collision

Danny Santana lands on disabled list after first-inning collision

Danny Santana used his right hand to pull his shirt over his left shoulder as he dressed after the Twins' 9-6 loss to the Blue Jays. It didn't go well.
Twins notes: Santiago thumb injury has bothered him for months

Twins notes: Santiago thumb injury has bothered him for months

Hector Santiago played catch Friday for the first time in a week, then threw a bullpen session Saturday, and believes the bruise has healed
Twins plan to restructure front office; new GM won't be top executive

Twins plan to restructure front office; new GM won't be top executive

The Twins will hire a presidential-level executive who will have authority over all baseball decisions yet be freed from the day-to-day particulars of the GM job. That person will then hire a GM.
It continues: Twins lose eighth straight, 15-8 to homer-happy Blue Jays

It continues: Twins lose eighth straight, 15-8 to homer-happy Blue Jays

Toronto slugged four home runs, all with runners on base.
Twins lose sixth in a row; Dozier hits his 30th homer

Twins lose sixth in a row; Dozier hits his 30th homer

Small mistakes continue to bedevil and ultimately wreck the Twins. Wednesday, a baserunning gaffe cost a run, a failure to turn a double play provided the Tigers an extra out, and Detroit took advantage.
Throwing 100 mph rare for Twins pitchers – for now

Throwing 100 mph rare for Twins pitchers – for now

The Twins don't have a tradition of high-velocity pitchers, but that might change
Dozier homers again but Gibson's struggles lead to Twins loss

Dozier homers again but Gibson's struggles lead to Twins loss

Brian Dozier hit his 10th home run in August on Tuesday. But for the third time this month starter Kyle Gibson allowed at least five runs, a nagging problem for the Twins' starting rotation.
Eddie Rosario fills in nicely in center field for Twins

Eddie Rosario fills in nicely in center field for Twins

Amid all the uncertainty surrounding the Twins' future and that of their young players, a few determinations have been made.
Duffey pitches seven strong, Twins use long ball to defeat Royals

Duffey pitches seven strong, Twins use long ball to defeat Royals

Dozier hit his sixth homer this month for the 100th in his career.
Fielding and pitching flops trouble Molitor in 11-4 loss to Royals

Fielding and pitching flops trouble Molitor in 11-4 loss to Royals

Manager Paul Molitor openly questioned whether his last-place team understands that the season might be lost but it's not over.
Twins send Miguel Sano to have MRI on his sore right elbow

Twins send Miguel Sano to have MRI on his sore right elbow

Miguel Sano downplayed the test, pointing out that he remembers the sharp pain of a torn tendon in that elbow in 2014. This isn't it, he said.
Step by step: Tracing Kepler's path from Germany to the Twins

Step by step: Tracing Kepler's path from Germany to the Twins

How a lanky, soccer-loving kid from Germany ended up discovering baseball, moving to Florida and eventually wearing a Twins uniform.
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