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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 trade All-Star Eduardo Nunez to San Francisco

Twins trade All-Star Eduardo Nunez to San Francisco

Eduardo Nunez's best season encouraged Giants to part with lefthander Adalberto Mejia.
Kepler continues sizzling July as Twins stop Orioles

Kepler continues sizzling July as Twins stop Orioles

Max Kepler stroked his eighth home run of the month in the sixth inning Thursday to tie the score, then put himself in the middle of the game-winning, four-run rally for the Twins.
Santana's complete game not enough as Twins bats shut down

Santana's complete game not enough as Twins bats shut down

Ervin Santana needed just 97 pitches to retire the Braves and earn his second complete game of the month but took a 2-0 loss in a battle of baseball's two worst teams.
Twins hire firm, will cast wide net to find next GM

Twins hire firm, will cast wide net to find next GM

The Twins have hired executive search firm Korn Ferry to assist team president Dave St. Peter and Twins owner Jim Pohlad in identifying, evaluating and interviewing candidates for the full-time GM job.
Younger breed of techies replacing baseball lifers in GM roles

Younger breed of techies replacing baseball lifers in GM roles

Most general managers, and especially those appointed in the past five years, don't have much in common with the likes of Terry Ryan, who was fired by the Twins last week.
Twins' losses, disagreement led to Ryan's firing as GM

Twins' losses, disagreement led to Ryan's firing as GM

The decision to fire Twins general manager Terry Ryan came after owner Jim Pohlad and Ryan disagreed on how to improve the last-place club, said people with knowledge of the situation.
Twins welcome longtime radio voice John Gordon to Hall of Fame

Twins welcome longtime radio voice John Gordon to Hall of Fame

Gordon's "Touch 'em all" signature call served as the soundtrack for some of the greatest moments in Twins history over his 25 seasons in their radio booth.
Revolving Twins lineup shows little in loss to Cleveland

Revolving Twins lineup shows little in loss to Cleveland

With the high-scoring momentum of the week before the All-Star break gone, the Twins opened the second half of a lost season this weekend with some mediocre baseball.
In the midnight hour: Twins top Cleveland on odd play after long delay

In the midnight hour: Twins top Cleveland on odd play after long delay

A delay of more than two hours led to the resumption of the 11th inning after midnight, before the Twins won on a Cleveland error with the bases loaded.
At 41, ex-Twins great Joe Nathan takes one more shot at World Series

At 41, ex-Twins great Joe Nathan takes one more shot at World Series

Sunday Insider: Joe Nathan isn't ready to give up despite his age and multiple surgeries.
Sano showing Twins ups and downs at third base

Sano showing Twins ups and downs at third base

Friday night, Miguel Sano committed his fifth error in the past seven games playing third.
All is not lost: Five reasons to keep following the Twins

All is not lost: Five reasons to keep following the Twins

The Twins open the season's second half on Friday with 17½ games between them and the final AL playoff spot, a deficit that no team has ever overcome. But that doesn't mean there won't be story lines to follow over the final 74 games.
Twins sail into All-Star break after crushing Rangers

Twins sail into All-Star break after crushing Rangers

Home runs fueled their seventh victory in 10 games.
To Twins reliever May, ERA doesn't tell the full story

To Twins reliever May, ERA doesn't tell the full story

The Twins righthander says that except for a 10-day stretch, when his mechanics were off-kilter and his pitches hung in the strike zone, "I've felt like I'm absolutely in control out there."
Rosario's near-cycle sparks Twins over Rangers

Rosario's near-cycle sparks Twins over Rangers

Eddie Rosario clubbed a home run, two doubles and a single at Globe Life Park on Saturday night after the Twins and Rangers waited out an hour-long rain delay.
Molitor's cool head prevails during Twins' down season

Molitor's cool head prevails during Twins' down season

Don't misread Paul Molitor — every loss hurts for the second-year manager. But Molitor won't stray from ideals. "I'm not a tantrum guy," he said.
Twins notes: 'Thankfully' Buxton has only bruised knee

Twins notes: 'Thankfully' Buxton has only bruised knee

An MRI showed Byron Buxton's collision with the center field fence Friday night did no damage to the ligaments in his right knee.
Twins hit hard by tragedy in Dallas

Twins hit hard by tragedy in Dallas

Like the rest of the country, the Twins were shocked and saddened by the violence just a few miles away from their weekend series with the Rangers.
Twins lose Buxton, and 3-game win streak in Texas

Twins lose Buxton, and 3-game win streak in Texas

After Byron Buxton exited in the first inning with a knee bruise, Ryan Pressly surrendered the tying and go-ahead runs late as the Twins lost 6-5 to the Rangers.
Duffey good enough and Twins batter AL-best Rangers again

Duffey good enough and Twins batter AL-best Rangers again

Tyler Duffey pitched out of trouble and his teammates' bats stayed hot vs. Texas.
Nunez is Twins' front-runner to be named All-Star on Tuesday

Nunez is Twins' front-runner to be named All-Star on Tuesday

The infielder is having a career year and has the endorsement of his manager, Paul Molitor.
Eddie Rosario's bat, speed help Twins top Rangers

Eddie Rosario's bat, speed help Twins top Rangers

The second-year outfielder was recalled from Class AAA and made his presence felt immediately, going 1-for-4 with an RBI while he beat out a key throw to allow a run to score.
Twins pull plug on Kevin Jepsen, designate reliever for assignment

Twins pull plug on Kevin Jepsen, designate reliever for assignment

Twins manager Paul Molitor and GM Terry Ryan each expressed confidence, almost certitude, Sunday that Kevin Jepsen will turn his season around…
Twins enter July with difficult decisions ahead of trade deadline

Twins enter July with difficult decisions ahead of trade deadline

The season of difficult decisions has arrived and GM Terry Ryan has promised to shake up the Twins' roster this month.

Twins rally again but find way to lose to White Sox

They twice came back from two-run holes, but the White Sox still prevailed.
Shoulder surgery to end Phil Hughes' season

Shoulder surgery to end Phil Hughes' season

Phil Hughes is off crutches and his knee, injured when he was hit by a line drive on June 9, is feeling better. But shoulder surgery will require several months of recovery.
Twins lefty Rogers, like twin brother, continues to learn

Twins lefty Rogers, like twin brother, continues to learn

Twins prospect Taylor Rogers made it first to the big leagues, but twin brother Tyler, a Giants prospect who leads the Eastern League in appearances and owns a 0.77 ERA, isn't far behind.
Twins stop Yankees with six home runs, Duffey's dazzling pitching

Twins stop Yankees with six home runs, Duffey's dazzling pitching

Tyler Duffey held the Yankees without a baserunner until the sixth inning and his teammates hit six home runs, three of them in a row.
Ryan: Suspended Allen will return to job when he completes treatment

Ryan: Suspended Allen will return to job when he completes treatment

GM Terry Ryan offered no timelines and few details about pitching coach Neil Allen's current program, other than to say, "Everything is going fine. … He's making progress."
Twins in a giving mood in 5-3 loss to Yankees

Twins in a giving mood in 5-3 loss to Yankees

t's annoying enough for Twins manager Paul Molitor when his pitchers immediately give back any lead they are given. But now his fielders are doing the same.
Kepler learns quickly with Twins in first month, helps preserve win vs. Phillies

Kepler learns quickly with Twins in first month, helps preserve win vs. Phillies

Max Kepler drove in a pair of runs Wednesday, including the seventh-inning tie-breaker with a sacrifice fly, then helped make that margin hold up with a diving catch as the Twins won their third straight game
Scuffling Duffey gets another Twins start to sort it all out

Scuffling Duffey gets another Twins start to sort it all out

Tyler Duffey's ERA is 6.18, and though manager Paul Molitor has endorsed him for now, Sunday's start at Yankee Stadium has the feel of a last-chance tryout.
Phil Miller's Sunday Insider: Red Sox show patience with prospects

Phil Miller's Sunday Insider: Red Sox show patience with prospects

Boston's top prospects initially struggled. Now, they've become stars.
Perkins eyes being healthy for Twins' entire 2017 season

Perkins eyes being healthy for Twins' entire 2017 season

Realizing that the later he put off surgery, the more likely he still will be recovering at the start of next season, Glen Perkins agreed this week to give up on 2016 and undergo an operation to repair his torn labrum.
Milone called up to Twins after Dean's dud vs. Yankees

Milone called up to Twins after Dean's dud vs. Yankees

The Yankees had all the runs they needed Friday night before the Twins ever got to bat. And after this latest awful start, it left Minnesota calling for a familiar lefty.
'Odd man out.' Arcia designated for assignment by Twins

'Odd man out.' Arcia designated for assignment by Twins

Oswaldo Arcia was once regarded as a cornerstone of the Twins outfield of the future. That future likely ended Thursday night to make room for the return of Danny Santana.
Perkins to have surgery, out until at least March 2017

Perkins to have surgery, out until at least March 2017

Glen Perkins' labrum is torn in his left shoulder, a specialist in California confirmed this week, and surgery next week will be necessary to repair it, Ryan confirmed.
Twins notes: Chargois 'star-struck' in debut, then sent back to Rochester

Twins notes: Chargois 'star-struck' in debut, then sent back to Rochester

Hard-throwing J.T. Chargois will carry his 67.50 ERA until his next summons from the Twins.
Kepler's first career home run is a walkoff winner over Boston

Kepler's first career home run is a walkoff winner over Boston

Max Kepler, who had only 10 hits in his brief big-league career, blasted a 98-mph fastball to straightaway center, delivering a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox in 10 innings.
An off day on the mound, in the field adds up to bad loss for Twins

An off day on the mound, in the field adds up to bad loss for Twins

The Twins turned in a poor effort, and the Red Sox pounced. They scored five runs in the eighth inning and tacked on five more in the ninth to claim a 15-4 victory at Target Field.
Twinfirmary: Hughes, Perkins, Meyer all have uncertain return dates to the mound

Twinfirmary: Hughes, Perkins, Meyer all have uncertain return dates to the mound

The trio of pitchers all received bad news this weekend; In Hughes' case, he's out perhaps the rest of this season with a fracture in his femur.
Twins place struggling May on disabled list

Twins place struggling May on disabled list

Since the fifth week of the season, Trevor May has pitched in only 12 games, and only for a total of 7⅔ innings. His ERA in that span? An alarming 16.43.
Red Sox blow out Twins on night honoring Ortiz

Red Sox blow out Twins on night honoring Ortiz

The Red Sox put up a pair of three-run innings Friday night, while the Twins' bats were vexed by knuckleballer Steven Wright
Hughes leaves relief outing after taking line drive off knee

Hughes leaves relief outing after taking line drive off knee

J.T. Realmuto's line drive back up the middle bounced off Phil Hughes' knee, and the pitcher crumpled to the ground. An MRI is scheduled for Friday.
Dozier's 11th-inning walkoff gives Molitor win No. 100 with Twins

Dozier's 11th-inning walkoff gives Molitor win No. 100 with Twins

Brian Dozier's 11th-inning home run and two home runs by Eduardo Nunez gave the Twins a dramatic victory. "We had to work very hard for that win," manager Paul Molitor said.
Molitor has 'incredible amount of respect' for Ichiro

Molitor has 'incredible amount of respect' for Ichiro

Ichiro is 42 years old, the oldest position player in the majors, and only 34 hits from a major milestone. Twins manager Paul Molitor was his first hitting coach in the major leagues.
The Nunez question: Hot streak or career turnaround?

The Nunez question: Hot streak or career turnaround?

The Yankees spent four years grooming Nunez to succeed Derek Jeter whenever their superstar shortstop was ready to retire, then abruptly traded him for a little-known pitcher
Anatomy of another loss: 'You make mistakes, you have to pay'

Anatomy of another loss: 'You make mistakes, you have to pay'

Twins pitchers gave up four home runs, running their total for the four games against Tampa to 11, and Kevin Jepsen gave up two runs in the ninth inning of a 7-5 loss.
After another ugly outing, Jepsen confident he'll improve

After another ugly outing, Jepsen confident he'll improve

Jepsen has endured one of the worst seasons of his professional career, and the fact that it comes immediately after what was probably his best season makes it all a little surreal.
Latest injuries force Molitor to mix and match in Twins' outfield

Latest injuries force Molitor to mix and match in Twins' outfield

The Twins have four outfielders to use while Miguel Sano is on the DL and manager Paul Molitor said, "I'll try to keep everyone involved."
Losing ways return as punchless Twins get swept again

Losing ways return as punchless Twins get swept again

Any good vibes left from the holiday weekend sweep are gone. "The offense we saw in Seattle didn't make the trip south," manager Paul Molitor said.
Buxton on Rochester: 'I went down and got myself back together'

Buxton on Rochester: 'I went down and got myself back together'

Back from his latest stint in Class AAA, Twins' star prospect Byron Buxton has cleared his head, made changes and started hitting again.
Sano goes on disabled list as ex-Twin Valencia slugs Oakland to win

Sano goes on disabled list as ex-Twin Valencia slugs Oakland to win

Miguel Sano, the team's home run and RBI leader, strained his left hamstring in Tuesday loss, which featured a home run and double by one-time Twins third baseman Danny Valencia.
Buxton's back after Santana injured during loss at Oakland

Buxton's back after Santana injured during loss at Oakland

Danny Santana reinjured his hamstring while running the bases and Buxton, fresh off being named the International League's player of the week, will get another chance to leave the minor leagues for good.
'I haven't been right this year.' Twins move Hughes to bullpen

'I haven't been right this year.' Twins move Hughes to bullpen

The move is somewhat shocking, given the Twins' investment — roughly $46 million more owed Hughes between now and 2019 — in the veteran starter. Kyle Gibson will take his place.
Twins hang on for 5-4 win in Seattle, their first sweep there since 2007

Twins hang on for 5-4 win in Seattle, their first sweep there since 2007

While Ricky Nolasco held the Mariners to three hits, hitters erupted with three homers.
Twins notes: Sano adjusts, gets powerful results

Twins notes: Sano adjusts, gets powerful results

Miguel Sano hit his 11th homer of the season on Sunday, and it was also his fourth consecutive game with a home run.
Wild game-ending double play gives Twins a victory in Seattle

Wild game-ending double play gives Twins a victory in Seattle

Before the bizarre finish, Miguel Sano hit another homer, but his blooper proved even bigger.
Molitor says 'hot hand' Dean will start again

Molitor says 'hot hand' Dean will start again

Pat Dean, a fill-in starter for the past 10 days for the Twins, will definitely make another start Wednesday in Oakland, manager Paul Molitor confirmed.
Dean pitches Twins to 7-2 victory over King Felix in Seattle

Dean pitches Twins to 7-2 victory over King Felix in Seattle

Pat Dean limited the Mariners to four hits over seven innings at Safeco Field, gave up only two runs to one of baseball's hottest lineups in the Twins' 7-2 victory.
Twins voice shock, sadness, support for Allen

Twins voice shock, sadness, support for Allen

The Twins' thoughts are with pitching coach Neil Allen, who had prided himself on sobriety but was arrested for driving while intoxicated and is suspended.
Twins beatings continue with another early knockout

Twins beatings continue with another early knockout

Ervin Santana was roasted by the Royals, who slapped him into submission in fewer than four innings, and the Twins raised hopes with a ninth-inning rally that produced only more frustration.
Twins notes: Adjusting at plate is new to Park

Twins notes: Adjusting at plate is new to Park

Paul Molitor spent some time with his South Korean rookie Monday, hoping to make some adjustments. Turns out, it's all new to Byung Ho Park.
Nolasco, Twins swamped by Kansas City's 10-run attack

Nolasco, Twins swamped by Kansas City's 10-run attack

Ricky Nolasco retired only eight of 18 Royals batters before being knocked out. After 44 games, the Twins still don't have a starting pitcher who has won more than one game.
Escobar's return from DL might pinch playing time for Nunez

Escobar's return from DL might pinch playing time for Nunez

Eduardo Nunez entered Monday as the Twins' leader in hits, doubles and batting average. And he's not certain, at the moment, that he has a job.
Blue Jays drop Twins to worst record in baseball

Blue Jays drop Twins to worst record in baseball

When they were 41 games into the their season, the 1962 New York Mets — whose 120 losses are the most in major league history — had a 12-29 record. The current Twins are 10-31.
Twins notes: Mauer out call again shows replay catches what eyes don't

Twins notes: Mauer out call again shows replay catches what eyes don't

Joe Mauer popped to his feet as he hit the second-base bag during Thursday night's game, and it cost the Twins an out after replay.
Above all, wild swings got Rosario demoted

Above all, wild swings got Rosario demoted

Eddie Rosario's inability to recognize strikes was the habit most responsible for his demotion to Class AAA Rochester on Thursday.
Twenty below: Twins' latest loss runs record to 10-30

Twenty below: Twins' latest loss runs record to 10-30

Danny Santana made an excellent catch that sent Thursday's game into extra innings but followed it with a major base-running blunder that helped Toronto win 3-2 in 11 innings.
Playing from behind takes its toll on Twins

Playing from behind takes its toll on Twins

In 32 of their 33 games, the Twins have fallen behind at some point, so it sometimes feels like they are forever trying to rally.
Orioles' 'big lineup' clobbers 4 HRs, sends Twins to 7th straight loss

Orioles' 'big lineup' clobbers 4 HRs, sends Twins to 7th straight loss

Phil Hughes surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo in the second inning, and back-to-back homers in the fourth to Chris Davis and Trumbo again.
Family couldn't wait for Dean's Twins debut

Family couldn't wait for Dean's Twins debut

Katie Dean wanted to witness her husband's major league debut, but it didn't happen until Wednesday, four days after the 26-year-old was added to Minnesota's roster.
Swept again: Twins lose another in Chicago, current losing streak at five

Swept again: Twins lose another in Chicago, current losing streak at five

The Twins have lost all three games of a series an astonishing six times already, or one more three-game sweep than they suffered during all of 2015.
Duffey's four-strikeout feat goes for naught as Twins lose

Duffey's four-strikeout feat goes for naught as Twins lose

Duffey struck out four White Sox batters in the seventh inning, a feat that only three Twins have accomplished in the past three decades. But he also allowed three runs, and that was easily enough offense to beat the bedeviled Twins these days.
Beat-up Twins get beat up again by White Sox

Beat-up Twins get beat up again by White Sox

As the injuries continued to piled up, the Twins couldn't take advantage of an early lead Saturday night in Chicago and lost their fourth straight game.
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