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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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Rodney signs Twins deal: 'They told me I was going to be the closer'

Rodney signs Twins deal: 'They told me I was going to be the closer'

The 40-year-old righthander owns 300 career saves with eight teams.
Ohio writer wins baseball's Spink award; Reusse among three finalists

Ohio writer wins baseball's Spink award; Reusse among three finalists

Star Tribune columnist was up for prestigious baseball writing award.
With new payroll flexibility, Twins might unpinch their pennies

With new payroll flexibility, Twins might unpinch their pennies

Though they have nearly $70 million committed to six players for 2018, the Twins on the hook at the moment for less than $25 million in 2019, and virtually nothing in 2020.
Twins radio broadcasts will move back to WCCO Radio

Twins radio broadcasts will move back to WCCO Radio

The Twins and WCCO will reunite for the 2018 season and beyond, multiple sources confirmed Thursday, after 11 seasons on other outlets.
Twins could lure Japanese star Ohtani after voiding Dominican teen's deal

Twins could lure Japanese star Ohtani after voiding Dominican teen's deal

The termination of Jelfry Marte's contract is why the Twins have been identified last week as one of three teams with the ability to offer Japanese star Shohei Ohtani more than $3 million.
Molitor rewarded with American League's top manager award

Molitor rewarded with American League's top manager award

Paul Molitor was chosen as the American League's top manager over two other finalists, each of whom led their teams to 100-win seasons
Falvey, Levine ready for second GM meetings as Twins bosses

Falvey, Levine ready for second GM meetings as Twins bosses

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine spent much of last year's meetings getting a crash course on their own players. Now, they already have "a pretty good understanding" of what other teams covet.
Finest in the field: Buxton, Dozier win Gold Glove awards

Finest in the field: Buxton, Dozier win Gold Glove awards

It's the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Twins player has earned a Gold Glove, which is awarded for best defensive player at each position.
Twins name Derek Shelton bench coach

Twins name Derek Shelton bench coach

Shelton, 47, is a former catcher in the Yankees minor league organization, but he's been in the major leagues as a coach for 13 seasons
Former Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

Former Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

Rick Stelmaszek oversaw the bullpen, organized spring training, tutored the catchers and kept Twins players entertained with sense of humor.
Levine: Sano could face surgery on leg that sidelined him

Levine: Sano could face surgery on leg that sidelined him

Miguel Sano, sidelined for the season's final six weeks by a stress reaction in his left shin, might require surgery to insert a permanent rod to help support the bone.
Buxton's injury leads to Granite's opportunity — and big mistake

Buxton's injury leads to Granite's opportunity — and big mistake

Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton made a spectacular catch in the second inning, but left the game in the fourth. Zack Granite replaced him, and made a crucial baserunning error.
Let the game begin: Twins take their shot at Yankees in wild-card playoff

Let the game begin: Twins take their shot at Yankees in wild-card playoff

The Twins are in the wild-card playoff for the first time. But it was the excitement that surrounded their "Game 163s" in 2008 and 2009 that led to baseball creating the one-game showdown.
Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins

All indications, including the Twins' own history, suggest that the 2017 postseason, no matter if it lasts one night or a month, is only the prelude to something that figures to last much longer.
Roster status of hobbled Sano to be decided this morning

Roster status of hobbled Sano to be decided this morning

Miguel Sano spent Monday afternoon in the visitors' clubhouse, undergoing treatment for his sore left shin and hitting a few pitches in the indoor cages.
Molitor's job status still uncertain as Twins head to postseason

Molitor's job status still uncertain as Twins head to postseason

Twins manager Paul Molitor, 61, enters Tuesday's wild card game in New York with zero games of postseason managing experience. He does not have a contract for next season.
Colon makes case for playoff roster spot by pitching Twins to 5-1 win

Colon makes case for playoff roster spot by pitching Twins to 5-1 win

In the regular-season finale, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon allowed only three hits and just one run over 6 1/3 innings, a performance that helped deliver the Twins' 85th victory of the season.
Miguel Sano goes 1-for-4 in first full game back for Twins

Miguel Sano goes 1-for-4 in first full game back for Twins

The Twins lost 3-2 on Saturday to a Tigers team that used Andrew Romine at all nine positions on the field, including at pitcher for one at-bat by Miguel Sano.
Emotional Perkins realizes end of career could be near

Emotional Perkins realizes end of career could be near

Three-time All-Star Glen Perkins was tearful Saturday night after perhaps his final big-league game.
Sano pinch hits in first game back; Berrios pitches in relief in 6-3 win

Sano pinch hits in first game back; Berrios pitches in relief in 6-3 win

In the Twins' 6-3 victory over Detroit on Friday, Miguel Sano played for the first time since Aug. 19, and Jose Berrios earned the victory after coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
Twins athletic trainer Pruemer decides to call it a career

Twins athletic trainer Pruemer decides to call it a career

Dave Pruemer, 46, was hired by the Twins in 1995, shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois, and he worked at nearly every level of the system, starting at rookie-level Elizabethton
Dozier calls for improved ballpark safety after 2-year-old girl hit by line drive

Dozier calls for improved ballpark safety after 2-year-old girl hit by line drive

A line drive off Todd Frazier's bat in the fifth inning Wednesday struck a young girl in the face, visibly affecting Frazier and several other players who witnessed it.
Yankees sweep has Twins searching for positives as season winds down

Yankees sweep has Twins searching for positives as season winds down

The Twins lost for the fifth time in six games Wednesday and fell to 1-8 in the Bronx over the last three years, continuing their long and durable domination by the Yankees.
Squandered chances, mistakes allow Yankees to wear down Twins

Squandered chances, mistakes allow Yankees to wear down Twins

Jose Berrios' command was absent, or at least shaky. The rest of the Twins contributed mistakes or fell short during the 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
Sano's return? Molitor says, 'I don't know if that's going to happen'

Sano's return? Molitor says, 'I don't know if that's going to happen'

Manager Paul Molitor is concerned about Sano trying to regain his timing in the midst of a postseason chase.
Escobar's home-run production rate jumps out

Escobar's home-run production rate jumps out

Since Eduardo Escobar took over at Sano's position full-time while he recuperates, the backup has homered eight times, or one every 13.6 at-bats.
Lack of contact: Twins strike out 13 times as Santana takes 2-1 loss to Yankees

Lack of contact: Twins strike out 13 times as Santana takes 2-1 loss to Yankees

Jaime Garcia took advantage of the Twins being overaggressive at bat, striking out seven of the first 10 batters, while Ervin Santana pitched well in a ballpark that hasn't been kind to him in the past.
MLB Insider: Teams seeking Sano-like talent at age 13

MLB Insider: Teams seeking Sano-like talent at age 13

The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects. All the players are 14 or younger.
Toronto rides big eighth inning to 7-2 victory over Twins

Toronto rides big eighth inning to 7-2 victory over Twins

A series of well-placed hits by the Blue Jays did in the Twins.
Buxton's stolen bases are coming with ease

Buxton's stolen bases are coming with ease

Byron Buxton has stolen 25 bases in 26 attempts this season, and the past 21 in a row.
Comeback magic runs out for Twins, Colon in 4-3 loss to Toronto

Comeback magic runs out for Twins, Colon in 4-3 loss to Toronto

Bartolo Colon's shutout - on 'Big Sexy Night' in his honor - vanished in the fifth inning, and Minnesota's bats went quiet.
Promotion to closer doesn't alter Belisle's intensity

Promotion to closer doesn't alter Belisle's intensity

He says he's only vaguely aware of his success, and not at all concerned about having the title of "closer."
Early knockout: Colon gone in second inning of 11-3 Twins loss

Early knockout: Colon gone in second inning of 11-3 Twins loss

Bartolo Colon's shortest non-injury-related start in more than six years set the tone for a deflating loss to the Royals that ended a 3-4 road trip.
Twins will get much-needed day off

Twins will get much-needed day off

With 21 days remaining in the season, the Twins still have 19 games to play, and they remain ahead of the pack chasing the final AL wild-card spot.
Buxton continues to play for Twins despite thumb injury

Buxton continues to play for Twins despite thumb injury

Byron Buxton's hand might still be sore almost 10 days after he injured it while swinging a bat but as far as he is concerned, nothing has changed about his job.
Bullpen falls apart in eighth inning, Twins lose to Kansas City

Bullpen falls apart in eighth inning, Twins lose to Kansas City

After allowing only two runs over nine critical innings during the winning streak, the Twins' bullpen corps stumbled on Saturday in a 5-2 loss.
Twins hang on for 'stressful' road victory over Royals

Twins hang on for 'stressful' road victory over Royals

One night after a three-run ninth-inning rally stung and stunned the former champs, Minnesota scored in each of the first five innings on Friday but let the Royals back in it.
Twins shut down Fort Myers complex as Irma roars toward Florida

Twins shut down Fort Myers complex as Irma roars toward Florida

The Twins hired buses to take the entire Class A Miracle team, eliminated Wednesday from the now-canceled Florida State League playoffs, to Atlanta to catch flights home.
Extra swing bites Twins as Royals take series

Extra swing bites Twins as Royals take series

After a controversial checked-swing ruling on a potential strike three, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain converted his extra chance into two runs.
Slegers will start for Twins on Wednesday against Tampa Bay

Slegers will start for Twins on Wednesday against Tampa Bay

The 6-10 righthander gave up two hits over 6⅓ innings vs. Cleveland in his major league debut last month.
Hobble-off victory: Kepler's hit by pitch gives Twins sweep of White Sox

Hobble-off victory: Kepler's hit by pitch gives Twins sweep of White Sox

Max Kepler took an 88 mph slider off the shin in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to win - good for a sweep the three-game series.
Buxton gets a good break with no break in hamate bone

Buxton gets a good break with no break in hamate bone

An MRI determined Byron Buxton's hamate bone in his left hand is intact, and the pain he experienced a day earlier was the result of a bruise
Twins outfield trio has finally come together

Twins outfield trio has finally come together

One reason the twins are contending for a postseason berth: Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are playing the way the Twins imagined they would long ago.
Brian Dozier hints at grinding out injury but says he's great

Brian Dozier hints at grinding out injury but says he's great

Asked about changes to his game on the basepaths, the second baseman says: "You go through things during a season that allow you to do things, and sometimes not to do things."
'Wrong side' of the game: Toronto's pop-up bests Twins' grand slam

'Wrong side' of the game: Toronto's pop-up bests Twins' grand slam

Toronto took a six-run lead in the sixth inning, then had to hold off a late-inning Twins rally that included a grand slam from Max Kepler. The Blue Jays later benefited from a pop-up double.
Perkins pleased with his third outing back with Twins

Perkins pleased with his third outing back with Twins

Glen Perkins' third outing Saturday since returning from shoulder surgery lasted only three batters, a sign that he's learning what he can do with the tools at his disposal.
Colon befuddles Blue Jays, moves to 4-1 in August for Twins

Colon befuddles Blue Jays, moves to 4-1 in August for Twins

Bartolo Colon pitched an efficient outing, and Byron Buxton showed off with speed at the plate and in the outfield during the 6-1 victory.
Sano's stay on 10-day DL might be extended

Sano's stay on 10-day DL might be extended

Miguel Sano, sidelined with an injured shin, is eligible to return Wednesday but still cannot run, and he hasn't been able to hit or do fielding drills, either.
Twins' road trip hits a rut with another loss to last-place White Sox

Twins' road trip hits a rut with another loss to last-place White Sox

A sloppy fourth inning, which started with a walk and included two errors, led to three White Sox runs and a Wild Card race that tightened even more.
Castro on disabled list with concussion; Granite called up

Castro on disabled list with concussion; Granite called up

Catcher Jason Castro took foul balls off his face mask in three consecutive innings during Wednesday's game in Chicago and was replaced by Chris Gimenez.
Curtiss arrives in big leagues with confidence for Twins

Curtiss arrives in big leagues with confidence for Twins

Since 2015, John Curtiss has added a slider to his mix, a couple mph to his velocity, and the confidence to close to his mind-set. He was called up by the Twins earlier this week.
Three Twins home runs pair well with Gibson's gem in victory

Three Twins home runs pair well with Gibson's gem in victory

With the offense again humming, Kyle Gibson on Tuesday escaped trouble twice on the mound against the White Sox and made it past the sixth inning for the first time in a month.
Gee earns second start for Twins; Melville sent out

Gee earns second start for Twins; Melville sent out

Dillon Gee had been pitching out of the Twins bullpen, but retired 18 of 20 hitters he faced in beating the White Sox on Monday. That earned him Saturday's starting spot in Toronto.
Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution

Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution

The Twins are hopeful to get Miguel Sano back from his disabled list stint early next week.
Gee's pitching, four homers carry Twins to split after Game 1 rally falls short

Gee's pitching, four homers carry Twins to split after Game 1 rally falls short

Dillon Gee allowed only two baserunners in six innings while the Twins offense jumped to an early Game 2 lead after its rally in the opener fell one run short.
Buxton's blitz around the bases sparks Twins' six-home run attack

Buxton's blitz around the bases sparks Twins' six-home run attack

Byron Buxton's blazing inside-the-park home run was one of his three hits and six Twins home runs Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Garver's call up to Twins alters wife's travel plans

Garver's call up to Twins alters wife's travel plans

Mitch Garver's wife was set to fly from the Twin Cities to Rochester, N.Y., this weekend. Instead, she's still here and watching her husband in the big leagues.
Big rookie Slegers gives Twins big boost as they finally beat Cleveland

Big rookie Slegers gives Twins big boost as they finally beat Cleveland

Following a 9-3 drubbing in Game 1, 6-foot-10 pitcher Aaron Slegers gave up only two hits in 6 1/3 innings of his major league debut as the Twins won the first time against Cleveland at Target Field in 10 games.
Perkins has rough outing in return but says 'good results will come'

Perkins has rough outing in return but says 'good results will come'

Until Thursday, Glen Perkins had not stood on the Target Field mound since Oct. 2, 2015, had not worn a Twins uniform since April 10, 2016, and had not been certain he would ever pitch again several times.
Twins' Colon plays game with a wink and a smile

Twins' Colon plays game with a wink and a smile

A low-wattage, high-charm personality has made the 44-year old Twins pitcher — and Tuesday night's starter at Target Field — an extraordinarily popular teammate everywhere he's gone.
Rookie Hildenberger trusts best pitch to record first save

Rookie Hildenberger trusts best pitch to record first save

He doesn't yet have the famous mustache of Dennis Eckersley or Dan Quisenberry, but Trevor Hildenberger now has something more important in common with his fellow sidearmers: a major league save.
Twins survive ugly inning, blow four-run lead before beating Detroit

Twins survive ugly inning, blow four-run lead before beating Detroit

Three passed balls, an error, a wild pitch and a hit batsman -- all in one inning -- were some of the challenges the Twins overcame before Byron Buxton's big hit put them back in the lead.
Bullpen last domino to fall, ending Twins' 6-game streak in 12-11 loss

Bullpen last domino to fall, ending Twins' 6-game streak in 12-11 loss

Matt Belisle tried to hog the blame for ending the Twins' six-game winning streak on Saturday, tried to soak up all the responsibility for the Twins loosing their grip on a playoff spot after just one day. Yes, well, placing the blame on Belisle requires overlooking a few facts.
Levine: Front office still trying to help Twins reach postseason

Levine: Front office still trying to help Twins reach postseason

Thad Levine said he and Derek Falvey have been impressed with how the Twins responded to the trade of Kintzler and Garcia, going 8-3 to open August and move to the head of a six-team race for the final wild-card spot.
Twins show off on offense and defense, extend winning streak to six games

Twins show off on offense and defense, extend winning streak to six games

Eddie Rosario crushed a three-run home run, Max Kepler bashed a two-run shot, and once again Byron Buxton dazzled in center field
"Chulo," "Boqueton" to add some flair to Twins lineup in late August

"Chulo," "Boqueton" to add some flair to Twins lineup in late August

For the Twins' many players from Spanish-speaking countries, Players Weekend will be a way for them to be known by the names they've been called by friends and family all their lives.
Five home runs, including Dozier's grand slam, send Twins past Brewers

Five home runs, including Dozier's grand slam, send Twins past Brewers

Adalberto Mejia walked off the mound and onto the disabled list Tuesday night. His teammates paid their respects with a five-homer salute.
Twins' Polanco puts July slump behind him

Twins' Polanco puts July slump behind him

Even as Jorge Polanco trudged through the depth of a five-week slump — he went 8-for-77 (.104) from June 24 to Aug. 1 — he avoided tinkering with his stance or his swing.
Twins rally from five runs down to top Texas 6-5

Twins rally from five runs down to top Texas 6-5

Matt Belisle closed it out after the Twins came back from a 5-0 hole.
Perkins could be near return to Twins bullpen

Perkins could be near return to Twins bullpen

Glen Perkins, who hasn't pitched in a major league game in 16 months after surgery to reattach the labrum in his left shoulder, believes a rehab stint with Class AA Chattanooga next week could be the final step of his long journey back to the Twins.
Hildenberger makes impression in Twins relief role

Hildenberger makes impression in Twins relief role

"He's pitched well. He's getting opportunities that seem like more of the game-on-the-line situations," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Twins' offense goes cold in dreary loss to Rangers

Twins' offense goes cold in dreary loss to Rangers

The Twins might be intent on create a hot streak that carries them back into playoff contention. But on Thursday, they sure played like winter is coming in a 4-1 loss to Texas.
Falvey: Trade deadline a 'fluid situation' for Twins

Falvey: Trade deadline a 'fluid situation' for Twins

The Twins made a minor deal Thursday, picking up pitcher Gabriel Moya in exchange for John Ryan Murphy. Will there be more to come?
Granite's gaffe helps take Twins from 5-0 lead to 6-5 loss to Dodgers

Granite's gaffe helps take Twins from 5-0 lead to 6-5 loss to Dodgers

Zack Granite threw to a vacant base in the eighth inning, allowing the Dodgers to tie the game and then win in the bottom of the ninth.
Buxton going to Rochester for rehab; Sano still sidelined

Buxton going to Rochester for rehab; Sano still sidelined

Neither Byron Buxton nor Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup for a second consecutive day in Los Angeles.
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