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Phil Miller

Reporter | Minnesota Twins and MLB
Location: Minneapolis
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Phil Miller has covered the Twins for the Star Tribune since 2013. Previously, he covered the University of Minnesota football team, and from 2007-09, he covered the Twins for the Pioneer Press.

A native of Pekin, Ill., Miller attended the University of Utah, and worked for 26 years at The Salt Lake Tribune, spending five years as assistant sports editor, and later as a reporter covering communities, college football and basketball, and the NBA's Utah Jazz.
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Joe Espada

Twins talk to Houston coach Espada about manager job

Joe Espada, 43, has been mentioned as a candidate for multiple openings as the Astros participate in the playoffs.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton had a summer filled with migraines, a fractured toe and a strained wrist, all of which limited him to 28 major leagu

Falvey: Buxton headed in right direction; Mauer, manager still in limbo

If there was any rift between Byron Buxton and the Twins over not restoring the Gold Glove outfielder to the major league roster in September, there are no signs of it now, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said Tuesday.
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New Twins manager and Mauer's decision: The wait continues

There is not a firm timetable to replace manager Paul Molitor, but there will be interviews in the next week. "We're looking for someone who is truly open-minded," Derek Falvey said.
Joe Mauer played his final game — possibly — on Sept. 30.

New Twins manager and Mauer's decision: The wait continues

There is not a firm timetable to replace manager Paul Molitor, but there will be interviews in the next week. "We're looking for someone who is truly open-minded," Derek Falvey said.
Miguel Sano

No charges for Twins' Sano in Dominican Republic traffic incident

The police officer reportedly called the accident just that.
Miguel Sano

Reports: Sano detained after traffic altercation in Dominican Republic

In the Spanish-language El Nuevo Diario, it was reported a police officer suffered a fractured left leg early Sunday in an incident involving Miguel Sano. The Twins are aware of the situation but declined comment.
White, inexperienced, internal: Will new Twins manager break pattern?

White, inexperienced, internal: Will new Twins manager break pattern?

The 12 men who have led the Twins as manager have had much in common. But a new front office was brought in to shake up the Twins' long-established ways of doing business.
Paul Molitor was fired Tuesday as manager of the Twins.

In firing Molitor, Twins hope 'change of voice' will benefit younger players

The Twins were counting on a handful of players in their early 20s to take big steps forward in 2018, and that didn't happen for an assortment of reasons.
Joe Mauer hit a liner to left field and hustled his way to a double in his final at-bat of the season Sunday. The question now is whether the Twins ha

Retire? Joe Mauer's father says, 'I think he's still got more'

One prominent observer of the Twins hometown hero believes it would be a mistake for Joe Mauer to walk away from baseball.
Joe Mauer acknowledged the cheers from fans at Target Field when he came out on the field in his catcher's gear for the ninth inning.

Battling tears ... No. 7 ... Joe Mauer feels the love

Joe Mauer thrilled fans at Target Field when he took the field in the ninth inning wearing the catcher's gear he hadn't used in a game for more than five years. Mauer wiped away tears during the ovation, which lasted almost five minutes.
Jake Cave finished off a strong rookie season for the Twins on Sunday with his 13th home run, another 420-footer to straightaway center field that hel

Cave has solidified future with Twins

The outfielder finished off a strong rookie season Sunday with his 13th home run.
Joe Mauer caught one pitch at the start of the ninth inning on Sunday.

Mauer's surprise catching appearance came together quickly

Joe Mauer called Twins equipment manager Rod McCormick on Saturday morning with an urgent and unexpected request.
Jose Berrios delivered on Friday as the Twins won the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox.

Berrios, Garver shine for Twins in doubleheader sweep of White Sox

Jose Berrios pitched seven innings on one-hit baseball and became the first Twin to strike out 200 batters since 2010 in the first game. In the nightcap, Mitch Garver picked up six RBI.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer exchanged a smile with plate umpire Mark Wegner before coming to bat in the first inning of the first game of Friday’s

'Trying to enjoy it': Mauer mum on future entering Twins' final weekend

Joe Mauer said that while driving to Target Field to open the final series of the season Friday morning, "it hit me a little bit," but did not say whether or not these are the final games of his career.
Twins catcher Willians Astudillo, who had a career high four RBI, scored on a single in the sixth inning Thursday in Minnesota's 9-3 win over Detroit.

Astudillo helps pour on the offense in Twins' 9-3 win over Detroit

The rookie catcher, who has captured the imagination of Twins fans with his see-it-hit-it ways, powered another offensive explosion.
Joe Mauer did a TV interview after Tuesday’s game in Detroit.

Is it the end? Mauer enters final week of his ... season

In what could (possibly) be the last homestand of his career, it's (unofficially) Joe Mauer Week at Target Field. But Mauer insists his future remains a mystery.
Twins catcher Chris Gimenez congratulated pitcher Trevor May after a victory over the Athletics

May gets his own birthday gift — a first career save

Trevor May struck out Ramon Laureano to extricate the Twins from an eighth-inning jam, then held the A's scoreless in the ninth to pick up career save No. 1.
Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza has had a hot bat lately. He is hitting .311 with six double and 11 RBI in his past 12 starts.

With more playing time for Adrianza comes more hits

Ehire Adrianza is a glove guy who is thrilled to be showing the Twins he has a bat, too.
Khris Davis celebrated his 10th-inning home run that ended the A’s 7-6 victory over the Twins.

A's hand Twins another walkoff loss, 7-6 in 10 innings

Khris Davis' second home run of the game gave the A's a win and the Twins their 14th walkoff loss of the season, the 10th via home run.
Twins lefthander Taylor Rogers had another scoreless outing Sunday at Kansas City, bringing his scoreless streak to 22 consecutive innings.

Amid his hot streak, twin brother is on Taylor Rogers' mind

Taylor Rogers is on a terrific run as a major league pitcher; he is hoping his brother gets the same chance.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi doffs his cap to an ovation when he was pulled in the eighth inning

Odorizzi takes no-hitter into eighth; Twins beat Yankees again

It had been quite a while since the twins beat the Yankees in consecutive games, and starting putcher Jake Odorizzi added extra drama to the occasion.
Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield has had a solid season for the last-place Royals.

Twins-Kansas City series preview

The Twins take to the road — where they have not done well — one last time this season.
Joe Mauer crushed a decisive grand slam, capping a six-run fifth inning that put the Twins ahead 10-1 against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Target F

First in 10: Mauer's slam breaks open Twins' streak-busting win over Yankees

Joe Mauer blasted out of lengthy slump with a grand slam to center field that helped the Twins end a nine-game losing streak to the New York Yankees.
Twins rookie Kohl Stewart came in for Tyler Duffey in the third inning and earned his first major league victory Tuesday.

Twins' 'opener' plan is a work in progress

The Twins intend to keep attempting the plan — having a relief pitcher pitch two innings followed by a "primary pitcher" — in September.
Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario, left, tags out Minnesota Twins' Tyler Austin in August

Twins' stolen-base output is in a downward trend

Unless the Twins run more over the season's final three weeks, they will finish with the fewest successful steals since 1984, and almost certainly one of the 10 lowest totals in team history.
Chris Gimenez

Twins show 'respect' for Wilson by trading him to contending Cubs

The trade has more to do with giving Bobby Wilson a shot at experiencing a pennant race than the deal itself, which is bringing Chris Gimenez back to Minnesota.
Jason Kipnis is greeted by Edwin Encarnacion and Roberto Perez after hitting a three-run home run as Twins catcher Mitch Garver looks away during the

Twins miss chance to win season series after loss to Indians

Jason Kipnis banged a home run off reliever Alan Busenitz to break open a tie game and Cleveland went on to win the deciding game of their three-game series, and the season series.
Byron Buxton.

Despite hot streak, Twins aren't certain to bring up Buxton

Derek Falvey, the Twins' chief baseball officer, said that no September decision has yet been made about Gold Glove center fielder Byron Buxton.
Carlos Carrasco — pitching against the Twins for the third time in August — shut them out on four hits over 7⅔ innings Tuesday.

Carrasco guides Indians to 8-1 victory over Twins

In his third start against the Twins this month, Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 for Cleveland and allowed just four hits.
Michael Pineda participated in TwinsFest in January, but never pitched for the team in 2018.

Pineda, Mejia won't pitch for Twins in September

Michael Pineda has a torn meniscus in his right knee. Adalberto Mejia's season is also over.
Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder, bottom, is tagged out at third base by Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano

Sano homers, Gonsalves better but Twins left wanting more after loss

Miguel Sano blasted a home run 450 feet while Tyler Austin also homered and Stephen Gonsalves was improved in MLB start No. 2. But the Twins lost to Oakland 6-2.
Minnesota Twins' Michael Pineda greets a young fan during the baseball team's TwinsFest on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Fosl

Pineda's Class AAA start scratched due to knee injury

Michael Pineda, who has spent the season working his way back from elbow surgery a year ago, felt some irritation in his right knee during a bullpen session earlier this week.
Twins pitcher Gabriel Moya, earlier this month vs. Pittsburgh.

Moya channels Guardado for uniform nickname

Twins teammates nicknamed Gabriel Moya "Little Guardado" last fall, and it's why the lefthander chose it as the name on his back for the annual Players' Weekend uniform.
Yolmer Sanchez of the White Sox was tagged out by Logan Forsythe of the Twins on an attempted steal Wednesday.

'We didn't do much': Twins sloppy in loss to White Sox

Kyle Gibson gave up three home runs, including a go-ahead shot by Adam Engel in the fifth inning, and errors behind him didn't help matters in a 7-3 defeat.
Eddie Rosario hit an RBI-single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning Tuesday.

Rosario gets big ninth-inning hit after White Sox show 'no respect'

Eddie Rosario's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 2-2 tie, and came after the White Sox intentionally walked Joe Mauer that led to an at-bat's worth of motivation.
Eddie Rosario celebrated with teammate Miguel Sano after hitting a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning against Detroit, lifting the Twins over

Late Rosario homer lifts Twins past Tigers

Max Kepler's was the fastest. Jake Cave's was the longest. But Eddie Rosario's home run Sunday was the most critical.
Stephen Gonsalves will make his major league debut on Monday. He was the Twins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016, and has ranked on the team�

Top pitching prospect Gonsalves to make Twins debut Monday

Stephen Gonsalves was the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016, and has ranked on the team's top-10 prospect lists for three years.
Indians ace Corey Kluber was a little-known fourth-round prospect when Cleveland traded a proven starter for him at the trade deadline in 2010.

MLB Insider: Twins' Falvey learned veterans-for-prospects strategy with Indians

The rotation that has turned Cleveland into the dominant force in the division was largely acquired via July trades.
Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers (55) celebrated with teammates after Friday's victory.

Two pitches is all it takes for Taylor Rogers to earn his first career save

For earning the first save of his professional career Friday, Taylor Rogers received the game ball, praise from his manager — and, the next…
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, center, watched his eighth-inning throwing error to first baseman Joe Mauer enable the Tigers’ seventh run to score.

Twins' four home runs not enough in 7-5 loss to Tigers

Detroit turned the Twins' walks and miscues into the timeliest of rallies, ending their four-game winning streak.
Logan Forsythe, left, had three RBI in the Twins' 6-4 victory over the Pirates.

Forsythe keeps providing value as Twins sweep Pittsburgh

Logan Forsythe reportedly was included in the Brian Dozier trade last month mostly for financial reasons. Now he's giving the Twins their money's worth.
Major League umpire Joe West tips his cap after he was recognized for umpiring the second most major league games

Umpire West works 5,164th game — second most in major league history

Only Bill Klem, who officiated 5,369 games from 1905 to 1941, has umpired more MLB games than Joe West after Wednesday's milestone at Target Field.
Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman left the field with trainer Tony Leo in the seventh inning Sunday and will be placed on the disabled list Monday.

Grossman going on disabled list with hamstring injury

The injury catches the Twins shorthanded because most of their minor-league options are injured, struggling or have little outfield experience.
Minnesota Twins Jake Cave celebrates his grand slam with Ehire Adrianza (16), Miguel Sano (22), and Logan Forsythe (24) against the Kansas City Royals

Cave's first grand slam (ever) leads Twins to sweep

Jake Cave said he'd never hit a grand slam before, even in the minor leagues, before Sunday's in the 6-5 victory over Kansas City. "It surprised me a little," manager Paul Molitor said.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Oliver Drake throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, i

New Twin makes his mark in rout of Royals

Reliever Oliver Drake set an MLB record by playing for his fifth team this year. "A lot of guys are grinding, and I feel like my season hasn't really even started," he said.
Former Twins pitcher Johan Santana speaks at his induction ceremony to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame before the baseball game with the Kansas City

Santana and 'The Equalizer' enter Twins Hall of Fame

Santana went 93-44 during his eight seasons with the Twins and won two Cy Young Awards, making him an easy choice for the Twins' highest honor once he became eligible.
The grounds crew rolled the tarp over the field at the start of a rain delay during the Twins-Royals game at Target Field on Friday.

After two rain delays, Twins slosh their way to win over Royals

As games go, it was a rain-soaked mess, but it was at least an effective rejoinder to Paul Molitor's pregame musing about the challenge ahead for his team.
Umpire Doug Eddings wasn't too popular with either the Twins or Red Sox players on Sunday.

Home plate umpire annoys Morrison after run-ins with Berrios, Rosario

Logan Morrison said umpire Doug Eddings is known as a "you've got to watch what you say" umpire, "and that's fine. … But what I saw today was not acceptable."
Eddie Rosario opened the Twins’ ninth by striking out for the second time in a game in which he managed one of only four hits against the league-lea

Sagging Twins, Berrios drop series finale to Red Sox at Fenway Park

The team's scoreless streak reached 15 innings. No Twins player has reached third base since the sixth inning Saturday night.
The Twins' Eddie Rosario, right, grimaced after striking out swinging as Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon looked on in the ninth inning Sunday at Fenway Par

Lethargic Twins fall to Red Sox 3-0

The Twins looked like a team deflated by its front office's trade-deadline sell-off.
Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon reacts beside the Twins' Brian Dozier after hitting a double during the sixth inning.

Red Sox come back from early deficit to top Twins 10-4

After the Twins went ahead by three runs early, Jake Odorizzi gave up five runs in five innings and the Red Sox rolled from there.

Twins bosses Derek Falvey, Thad Levine arrive in Boston to defend trades

BOSTON – In the Twins clubhouse, "the mood was pretty bad," Brian Dozier said, in the wake of Friday's pair of trades that exchanged…
Mookie Betts celebrates his walk-off solo home run as he rounds the bases in the 10th inning Frida at Fenway Park

Walk-off loss at Fenway caps painful day for Twins

Boston's Mookie Betts blasted a 10th-inning fastball off the Twins' Matt Belisle - who was forced into action after Ryan Pressly became the second Minnesota player traded Friday.
Eduardo Escobar

Escobar to Arizona a 'punch in the gut' to Twins players; Pressly dealt to Houston

The Twins were busy Friday - off the field. They traded Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for three Class A prospects, and also sent Ryan Pressly to Houston for two prospects.
Miguel Sano

Ready or not, trade prompts Twins to recall Sano

Miguel Sano's stint with Class AAA Rochester was cut short after only four games by the Twins' trade of Eduardo Escobar to Arizona on Friday.
Jim Thome saluted the Target Field crowd after a 10th inning home run that beat the White Sox in 2010.

Thome's Hall of Fame journey: From Twins foe to beloved teammate

He only played in Minnesota for 18 months: But Jim Thome and the Twins have much to treasure about their partnership, which followed the building of a Hall of Fame career in Cleveland.
Eddie Rosario was tagged out by Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart

This time, Rosario's gamble on bases wasn't worth the risk

Eddie Rosario on Thursday in Boston was easily thrown out, turning a second-and-third, one-out threat into a one-on, two-out situation that fizzled on a Robbie Grossman groundout.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson

Gibson dazzles for 8 innings, Rodney survives the 9th in 2-1 Twins win at Fenway

Kyle Gibson shut down Boston on one run in eight innings before Fernando Rodney nailed down the victory with a bases-loaded, full-count strikeout.
Minnesota Twins’ Mitch Garver (23) celebrates his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July

Six-run explosion with two outs in 11th completes Twins sweep of Jays

Well after Ervin Santana's return to the pitching mound was done, the Twins finished off their first three-game sweep in 15 years at Toronto. It was fueled by catcher Mitch Garver's huge day.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana returned to the mound Wednesday after offseason surgery took longer than anticipated to heal.

Twins, Santana satisfied with his first start of the season

Ervin Santana admitted he was nervous about taking a major league mound for the first time since last October's playoffs. He gave up three runs and struck out five
Ervin Santana will start Wednesday for the Twins nearly six months after finger surgery.

Santana's return from surgery stirs Twins clubhouse

Ervin Santana is back, nearly six months after surgery to remove calcium deposits from the middle finger of his pitching hand. He starts Wednesday at Toronto.
Eduardo Escobar is congratulated by teammates after he hit a three run home run against the Blue Jays in the eighth inning

Escobar powers through trade rumors, Berrios shines as Twins blank Jays

Trade deadline candidate Eduardo Escobar had an attention-grabbing night with a double and a three-run homer in the 5-0 victory at Toronto.
The Twins’ Logan Morrison crossed home plate after belting a home run in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Morrison turns bunt try into massive homer as Twins rout Toronto

"Baseball's a weird game, man," Logan Morrison said after the Twins' 8-3 victory in Toronto. "You just never know."
Twins center fielder Jake Cave has proven to be an effective hitter thus far in his two-month-old major-league career — against righthanders.

Twins outfielder Cave tries to accept platoon role

Jake Cave has proven to be an effective hitter thus far in his two-month-old major-league career — against righthanders.
Brian Dozier, Fernando Rodney and Lance Lynn are all possible trade targets for other teams.

What to look for from the Twins in the second half of the season

Ten games with first-place Cleveland, the return of starting pitcher Ervin Santana and some exciting call-ups are on the list of things to watch.
A melee broke out over an argument between Eduardo Escobar(5) and the Rays' bench. Escobar was eventually ejected for continuing the argument in the n

Twins, Rays get a bit overheated in seventh inning

Eduardo Escobar was the only one ejected after the benches cleared a couple of times.
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios says he is honored to be an AL All-Star and is taking his wife and two children to the game. “I’ll keep working,” he

Twins players perform so-so in All-Star Game appearances

The All-Star Game is a showcase, but mostly not for the Twins, who have a decidedly mediocre history in the Midsummer Classic.
Byron Buxton

Buxton's injury in minor leagues is relatively minor

The Twins put Byron Buxton on the International League disabled list Saturday with inflammation in his left wrist, but no broken bones or damaged ligaments.
Brian Dozier was out at home plate in the sixth inning

Twins rocked 19-6 by Tampa Bay at Target Field

Jose Berrios gave up six earned runs in six innings, and it got worse from there as the Rays feasted on the Twins bullpen in a pre-All-Star break laugher.
Ervin Santana, out all season, could return to the Twins after the All-Star break if he continues to pitch well in his rehab starts.

Santana (63 pitches, no walks) effective in latest rehab start

Ervin Santana on Tuesday struck out five of the first six batters he faced, retired the first 10 in a row, and gave up only a bunt single and a two-run homer in his five-inning stint for the Class AA Chattanooga.
Starter Jose Berrios threw seven innings of one-run ball — long enough for the Twins to rally and take the lead.

All-Star Berrios shines as Twins' winning streak hits five

The 24-year-old righthander limited Kansas City to six hits and no walks, surrendered only one run, and even picked off a runner for the first time since 2016.
Power-hitting Logan Morrison collected his first bunt single in more than two years against the Orioles on Sunday.

Twins' Morrison tries small ball to beat shift

The power-hitting Morrison collected his first bunt single in more than two years against the Orioles on Sunday.
Eddie Rosario singled off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy in the first inning

Excellence in the outfield: Lynn backed up by big plays as Twins beat Orioles again

Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Jake Cave all did their part while Twins righthander Lance Lynn bounced back from a miserable start at Wrigley Field to pitch six innings in a 6-2 victory on Friday night.
Alex Kirilloff started the season playing for Cedar Rapids, but has been promoted to Fort Myers in the Twins organization.

Hunter to manage at Futures game, which includes two Twins prospects

Outfielder Alex Kirilloff and pitcher Lewis Thorpe will play in the minor league spotlight contest.
Twins starter Aaron Slegers, just up from Class AAA Rochester, gave up only one run in six innings to lift the Twins over Baltimore 5-2 and help the t

Slegers' fill-in start helps Twins drop Orioles, end six-game losing streak

The call-up from Class AAA Rochester gave up one run in six innings for his first career MLB victory.
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