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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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Sore hamstring forces Twins' Sano to sit out

Sore hamstring forces Twins' Sano to sit out

Sore hamstrings sidelined both Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Twins slugger Miguel Sano on Friday, though both hope to play later in the series.
Surprising Twins and Astros to meet this weekend

Surprising Twins and Astros to meet this weekend

Years of losing replenished the farm system, and now the kids are contributing.
Twins' Sano shows off speed with first stolen base

Twins' Sano shows off speed with first stolen base

The 6-4 Miguel Sano took off for second base in the sixth inning, beating the throw from Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes with room to spare.
Twins kept in check by Kluber's one-hitter

Twins kept in check by Kluber's one-hitter

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner dominated again, facing just 28 batters and needing 98 pitches.
Twins notes: Boyer joins Hughes on disabled list

Twins notes: Boyer joins Hughes on disabled list

The veteran reliever went on the disabled list Friday because of elbow inflammation
Santana struggles again; Twins lose lead, game

Santana struggles again; Twins lose lead, game

In his last four starts, all Twins losses, Ervin Santana has posted an ERA of 9.90 and his strikeouts have all but ceased.
Hughes injury sends May back to Twins rotation

Hughes injury sends May back to Twins rotation

Trevor May is no longer in the bullpen, Phil Hughes is no longer on the active roster, and Tyler Duffey is no longer a one-and-done major league pitcher.
Trevor May getting the most out of his bullpen experience

Trevor May getting the most out of his bullpen experience

May has discovered that while strikes are a starter’s best weapon, relief pitchers can make smart use of pitching out of the strike zone.
Molitor refuses to panic after Twins' dismal trip

Molitor refuses to panic after Twins' dismal trip

An August slide is nothing new for the Twins, and Paul Molitor is trusting his players to claw their way out.
Twins meekly roll over, lose to Indians

Twins meekly roll over, lose to Indians

The Twins closed one of their worst road trips ever on Sunday by being routed yet again, this time 8-1 to the Indians.
Twins, Santana crushed in Cleveland, 17-4

Twins, Santana crushed in Cleveland, 17-4

Shane Robinson lightened the mood, but the Indians got to Ervin Santana early.
Twins notes: Rosario nears club rookie record for triples

Twins notes: Rosario nears club rookie record for triples

Eddie Rosario knows he has an ally in his pursuit of the Twins’ rookie triples record: Tony Oliva, the record holder.
Twins' Hunter plays orator, philosopher — and hero

Twins' Hunter plays orator, philosopher — and hero

Long after a fiery dugout speech, he provided the game-winning homer.

Twins notebook: Achter gets a nice surprise

The Toledo native, who turns 27 later this month, appeared in seven games as a September call-up last year, “but this is my first time on the 25-man roster, so that’s a big deal,” he said.
Twins take ugly turn after being swept in Toronto

Twins take ugly turn after being swept in Toronto

The Twins are 54-54 after being swept in Toronto with exactly two-thirds of the season gone. A 9-3 drubbing by the Blue Jays on Thursday was the latest defeat.
Twins notes: Reliever Achter, catcher Herrmann promoted

Twins notes: Reliever Achter, catcher Herrmann promoted

A.J. Achter was recalled from Class AAA Rochester after Thursday’s 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays, swelling the Twins’ relief corps to nine. Chris Hermann was also recalled.
Toronto keeps bashing, ruins Twins rookie's debut

Toronto keeps bashing, ruins Twins rookie's debut

Three monster Toronto clouts spoiled some rare Twins offense and Tyler Duffey’s MLB debut, which didn't last long.
Twins notes: Hicks tops temporarily revamped batting order

Twins notes: Hicks tops temporarily revamped batting order

Paul Molitor said he decided after watching the Twins score seven runs in their past five games that something different was necessary for Wednesday's game, even if it’s only temporary.
Ex-Twin Hawkins, 42, still can pitch but says 'it's time to go home'

Ex-Twin Hawkins, 42, still can pitch but says 'it's time to go home'

Durability, demeanor have kept LaTroy Hawkins around 21 years
Twins' Nunez polishes his defense

Twins' Nunez polishes his defense

According to the defensive statistics kept by fangraphs.com, Eduardo Nunez has gone from a minor liability at the position to an average shortstop.
Twins notes: With bases loaded, Twins can't solve Price

Twins notes: With bases loaded, Twins can't solve Price

The Twins are in a 0-for-15 slump with the bases loaded, striking out seven times in that span.
Price fans 11 in dominant Toronto debut as Blue Jays beat Twins, 5-1

Price fans 11 in dominant Toronto debut as Blue Jays beat Twins, 5-1

The former Cy Young Award winner helped Toronto pull even with the Twins in the wild-card race.
Twins among those to avoid gambling future

Twins among those to avoid gambling future

A "win-now” philosophy evident at baseball's trade deadline, but not in Minnesota.
Walker tosses one-hitter as Seattle thumps Twins

Walker tosses one-hitter as Seattle thumps Twins

The Twins demoted shortstops Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco after the game.
Twins' Hunter says he 'would love to come back'

Twins' Hunter says he 'would love to come back'

The 40-year-old right fielder says he is not ready to retire just yet.
Homers, Rosario's big night stop Twins losing streak

Homers, Rosario's big night stop Twins losing streak

Clouts by Brian Dozier, Aaron Hicks and Rosario provided a building lead, with Rosario nearly hitting for the cycle.
Twins' Ryan says he's ready to make a deal to improve club

Twins' Ryan says he's ready to make a deal to improve club

“I think there might be a little bit of a flurry [Friday],” the Twins general manager said.
Twins figure to be active in trade market

Twins figure to be active in trade market

Their two biggest needs are in the bullpen and at shortstop. “There are a lot of things we’re looking at, and the possibilities are out there,” general manager Terry Ryan said.
Twins notes: Molitor's faith in Duensing rewarded

Twins notes: Molitor's faith in Duensing rewarded

The lefthander hasn’t allowed a run in his past 11 appearances.
Twins doomed to defeat by Yankees' six-run sixth

Twins doomed to defeat by Yankees' six-run sixth

Kyle Gibson kept getting into jams, and eventually New York pounced and knocked the Twins 7 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the American League Central.
A-Rod's 3rd home run sparks late Yankees rally

A-Rod's 3rd home run sparks late Yankees rally

Alex Rodriguez belted three home runs Saturday night at Target Field, the last coming on the first pitch of the ninth inning off Glen Perkins.

Twins notes: Buxton won't be rushed back

Byron Buxton, who sprained ligaments in his left thumb during a game on June 23, then went on the disabled list two days later, could miss another month as he prepares to return
Target Field requires a quick turf turnaround

Target Field requires a quick turf turnaround

Building and removing the huge stage in deep center field for last weekend’s pair of concerts required a 250-foot stretch of grass to be resodded.
Sano's homer gets Twins going in rout of Yankees

Sano's homer gets Twins going in rout of Yankees

Miguel Sano supplied the power and Phil Hughes the pitching in a rare, welcome blowout of New York.
Change does the Twins good as second half begins

Change does the Twins good as second half begins

As the second half of the season opens Friday in Oakland, this doesn’t feel like the team the Twins broke camp with in April. They hold a wild-card slot, four full games ahead of the closest non-playoff team.
Glen Perkins counts the costs of All-Star bonus

Glen Perkins counts the costs of All-Star bonus

The past two seasons, Twins closer Glen Perkins said he's "lost money on it" when discussing his bonus for making the All-Star team.
Twins build off comeback with rout of Detroit

Twins build off comeback with rout of Detroit

The Twins treated Detroit the way the Tigers have treated them most of the season, jumping to a big lead and coasting home.
Superstition wins out during Twins' ninth-inning rally

Superstition wins out during Twins' ninth-inning rally

A Twins teammate told J.R. Graham he couldn't come to the dugout to see the Twins' seven-run ninth inning on Friday.
Twins' Brian Dozier named an injury replacement for All-Star Game

Twins' Brian Dozier named an injury replacement for All-Star Game

The second baseman, after falling short in an online vote, was picked as a replacement for the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.
Dozier hits another big homer as Twins finish sweep of Baltimore

Dozier hits another big homer as Twins finish sweep of Baltimore

For the second time in three games, Brian Dozier bolstered his case in the All-Star Final Vote by hitting a home run that put his team ahead for good.
Twins' Perkins, perfect so far, points to his imperfections

Twins' Perkins, perfect so far, points to his imperfections

The closer set a team record by converting his 28th consecutive save. However, two outings still bother him.
Perkins is Twins' lone All-Star; Dozier on final ballot

Perkins is Twins' lone All-Star; Dozier on final ballot

The Twins closer is named to his third All-Star Game; Brian Dozier is a Final Vote candidate.
Twins frustrated, wowed by Royals' outstanding defense

Twins frustrated, wowed by Royals' outstanding defense

Kansas City again made several highlight-reel plays to keep the Twins offense down.
Santana returns after suspension looking ahead, not talking about past

Santana returns after suspension looking ahead, not talking about past

Asked during a five-minute dugout interview if he did a “bad thing,” as he put it, Ervin Santana smiled and shot back, “What do you think?”
Twins will move May into bullpen

Twins will move May into bullpen

Telling Alex Meyer he was headed back to Class AAA Rochester wasn’t the only tough news Twins manager Paul Molitor delivered Friday. He also had a new destination for Trevor May: the bullpen.
With Santana's suspension over, he's set to rejoin Twins

With Santana's suspension over, he's set to rejoin Twins

As the Twins prepared to play game No. 80 on Friday, Ervin Santana checked into the team’s hotel across town. At the game’s final out, Santana’s steroids suspension had officially been served.
Royals find an opening to beat Twins in 10 innings

Royals find an opening to beat Twins in 10 innings

The Twins’ bats failed to back up Tomy Milone’s quality effort Friday in Kansas City.
Twins will give 16-year-old shortstop Javier record $4 million

Twins will give 16-year-old shortstop Javier record $4 million

The Twins agreed to a $4 million contract with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Wander Javier, the team confirmed, outstripping the franchise record $3.1 million they paid Miguel Sano in 2010.
First hit not much, but Sano says it's first of many with Twins

First hit not much, but Sano says it's first of many with Twins

Miguel Sano hustled down the line, beat Mike Moustakas’ throw and ended up with a souvenir - the ball from his first MLB hit Thursday.
Twins defense warms to shifty managing by Molitor

Twins defense warms to shifty managing by Molitor

It’s too early to try to quantify how much of an effect all the movement is having on the Twins defense, but Molitor is convinced the effect is more than worth the effort.
Santana gives up two homers but wins second start

Santana gives up two homers but wins second start

Ervin Santana’s first pitch Thursday landed in the McCoy Stadium bullpen he had just warmed up in.
Now a reliever, Meyer gets call to make Twins' debut

Now a reliever, Meyer gets call to make Twins' debut

Moved to the bullpen out of desperation, Meyer reverted to his top-prospect form, giving up only one earned run in 17 innings as a reliever, a 0.53 ERA that included 20 strikeouts and just six walks.
Hicks to start rehabilitation in Rochester after elbow injury

Hicks to start rehabilitation in Rochester after elbow injury

The team might go with a seven-man bullpen for its upcoming games at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
Twins notes: Tonkin demoted; no word on replacement

Twins notes: Tonkin demoted; no word on replacement

The team might go with a seven-man bullpen for its upcoming games at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
Hughes solid while Sale can't stop Twins again

Hughes solid while Sale can't stop Twins again

The Twins clubbed ace Chris Sale for six runs, a remarkable achievement considering Sale had allowed only three runs in his last five starts combined.
Buxton's 'electrifying giftedness' distracts Twins manager Molitor

Buxton's 'electrifying giftedness' distracts Twins manager Molitor

“When he’s on the field, you don’t want to take your eyes off him. Every swing, if he puts it in play, you watch him run,” Molitor said.
Numbers go awry for Twins, Pelfrey in 6-2 loss to White Sox

Numbers go awry for Twins, Pelfrey in 6-2 loss to White Sox

Paul Molitor stuck with the stats and his starter, but Chicago pounced in the decisive seventh inning.
Twins find their elixir in a 13-2 romp over White Sox

Twins find their elixir in a 13-2 romp over White Sox

Byron Buxton showed off his baseball tools on offense and defense; Kennys Vargas went 4 for 4 with four RBI, including one of four Twins home runs.
Twins notes: Reliever Thompson says his slump is mostly mental

Twins notes: Reliever Thompson says his slump is mostly mental

The reliever's ERA in June is 14.54, and he has retired only 13 of the 23 batters he has faced in the month.
Twins flail, bullpen fails in 8-0 loss to the Cubs

Twins flail, bullpen fails in 8-0 loss to the Cubs

For the first time since May 6, the Twins have now given up more runs this season than they have scored.
Twins notes: Gibson's start is rare shorter outing for staff

Twins notes: Gibson's start is rare shorter outing for staff

The righthander gave up two runs but lasted only five innings against the Cubs.
Twins skidding their way back to Target Field

Twins skidding their way back to Target Field

The Twins' road trip had excitement, but also concluded Tuesday with a 1-4 record after another one-run loss at St. Louis.
Santana to get starts at Class AAA before rejoining Twins

Santana to get starts at Class AAA before rejoining Twins

The suspended righthander is slated to make his Twins debut July 5.
Twins' Hughes still not satisfied with stuff

Twins' Hughes still not satisfied with stuff

Hughes, always an extreme fly ball pitcher, now leads the American League in home runs allowed.
Byron Buxton's Twins debut: a start-to-finish blur

Byron Buxton's Twins debut: a start-to-finish blur

The Twins’ prized rookie is touted as a five-tool player, but there was no doubt which one he showed off in his major league debut: speed. Major league speed.
Pelfrey battered by Rangers as Twins drop their fifth in a row

Pelfrey battered by Rangers as Twins drop their fifth in a row

The righthander allowed eight runs in 3⅔ innings against the Rangers.
Top prospect Byron Buxton makes his debut today

Top prospect Byron Buxton makes his debut today

Byron Buxton, the Twins’ most highly prized prospect since Joe Mauer was drafted in 2000, was called up after Aaron Hicks' elbow injury and Torii Hunter's suspension.
Hunter starts his two-game suspension

Hunter starts his two-game suspension

The outfielder, who wasn't feeling well Saturday, withdrew his appeal.
Hicks' late gaffe costs Twins in 6-2 loss at Texas

Hicks' late gaffe costs Twins in 6-2 loss at Texas

Aaron Hicks dropped a would-be third out flyball in center, allowing two late runs as the Twins dropped their fourth straight game.
Hunter: 2-game suspension from MLB 'a little harsh'

Hunter: 2-game suspension from MLB 'a little harsh'

Torii Hunter is in the lineup for tonight's Twins' series opener in Texas as he appeals a two-game suspension for an eighth-inning outburst Wednesday.
Molitor satisfied with Mauer despite dip in average

Molitor satisfied with Mauer despite dip in average

As the Twins’ season reaches its 60th game, three-time batting champion Joe Mauer is batting .260, his lowest average so late in a season.
Plouffe typifies Twins' offensive struggles

Plouffe typifies Twins' offensive struggles

The Twins offense has fizzled on their current homestand, with the team scoring only 10 runs in the first five games.
Twins manage only one hit in loss to Kansas City

Twins manage only one hit in loss to Kansas City

Trevor Plouffe’s triple was all the Twins could muster as the Royals took AL Central lead.
Loyalty to friend tinges Escobar's return as a starter

Loyalty to friend tinges Escobar's return as a starter

Eduardo Escobar is delighted to be the Twins’ starting shortstop once again, but feels bad for the demotion of Danny Santana.
Morales celebrates 'anniversary' by thumping Twins

Morales celebrates 'anniversary' by thumping Twins

A year ago, Kansas City designated hitter Kendrys Morales signed a free-agent contract with the Twins. On Monday, he beat them with a two-run homer.
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