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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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Santana rocked early, Twins bases-loaded rally falls short late in latest loss

Santana rocked early, Twins bases-loaded rally falls short late in latest loss

The Twins fell behind by five runs and absorbed their eighth loss in the past nine games when they couldn't score despite loading the bases with no outs in the ninth Tuesday night vs. Kansas City at Target Field.
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.
Twins lose early, scuffle late against White Sox

Twins lose early, scuffle late against White Sox

Beaned batters in the late innings riled both the Twins and White Sox in Chicago on Friday. But by then the home team was well on its way to victory.
Mass of mistakes contribute to another Twins loss

Mass of mistakes contribute to another Twins loss

A baserunning blunder, a bobbled relay throw and a three-run homer that let Detroit tie the game and helped the Tigers gain a three-game sweep over the Twins.
Defeat hurts more than most for Twins' Nolasco

Defeat hurts more than most for Twins' Nolasco

If the Tigers' Nick Castellanos had swung and missed at the pitch he hit for a three-run homer in the sixth inning, it would have gone down as more evidence of Nolasco's resurgence.
Twins minor leaguer Reynaldo Rodriguez suspended for steroid use

Twins minor leaguer Reynaldo Rodriguez suspended for steroid use

The 29-year-old had a strong 2015 season in Class AAA and received a spring invite to Twins camp.
Twins' rookie slugger Park adapts to high heat

Twins' rookie slugger Park adapts to high heat

Few pitchers in the Korea Baseball Organization, where Byung Ho Park hit 104 homers over the past two seasons, can hurl a fastball more than 90 mph.
Berrios endures mixed debut in Twins' loss

Berrios endures mixed debut in Twins' loss

Jose Berrios allowed five runs to the Cleveland Indians in four-plus up-and-down innings, a mild disappointment for the franchise's No. 1 pitching prospect.
Despite homers, Jepsen will keep closing for Twins

Despite homers, Jepsen will keep closing for Twins

Kevin Jepsen, the Twins' interim closer, has three losses and three blown saves in five opportunities.
Cold night, hot ending: Arcia's walk-off homer gives Twins 4-3 win

Cold night, hot ending: Arcia's walk-off homer gives Twins 4-3 win

Oswaldo Arcia had been hitless and looked overmatched for most of his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth against Zach McAllister. Until he didn't.
'He needs to relax a bit.' Twins send Buxton to minors

'He needs to relax a bit.' Twins send Buxton to minors

The 22-year-old whiffed 24 times in 49 plate appearances, a 49 percent strikeout rate that made him the runaway leader in baseball.
Meyer's return means 14 pitchers on Twins roster

Meyer's return means 14 pitchers on Twins roster

For now, Meyer, who posted a 1.04 ERA in 17⅓ innings as a starter for Class AAA Rochester, will remain in the bullpen.
Twins blast "Little Red Corvette" from clubhouse after win

Twins blast "Little Red Corvette" from clubhouse after win

Buxton looped a hit into left field Thursday, and turned it into a double.
Finally, things even out for Dozier in Twins' victory over Brewers

Finally, things even out for Dozier in Twins' victory over Brewers

Brian Dozier's second home run of the year was part of the Twins' best day at the plate this season, an 8-1 decision for their first road victory of the year.
More sloppy play leads to Twins loss, 0-7 road record

More sloppy play leads to Twins loss, 0-7 road record

In addition to hotting a home run, Oswaldo Arcia had three notable misadventures in the outfield and struck out in a critical bases-loaded situation.
Twins notes: Playing Brewers in April spoils some of the fun

Twins notes: Playing Brewers in April spoils some of the fun

Major League Baseball made the Twins and Brewers condense their traditional series to four games, none of them on the weekend. "We hate it," Twins president Dave St. Peter said.
Homers by Sano, Park lead Twins as Mauer makes some history

Homers by Sano, Park lead Twins as Mauer makes some history

Now that the losing streak has been taken care of, the Twins can start doing something about all those ugly numbers next to their names on the scoreboard.
Gardenhire rejoins Twins as special assistant

Gardenhire rejoins Twins as special assistant

The former manager will work with minor leaguers.
Twins elect not to wait on Plouffe, will put him on DL

Twins elect not to wait on Plouffe, will put him on DL

Miguel Sano took ground balls at third base Monday, and Eddie Rosario got a refresher course at second. But don't jump to any…
Twins notes: Power of Park impresses teammates

Twins notes: Power of Park impresses teammates

Byung Ho Park provided the game-winning double on Friday, then a tape-measure homer Saturday.
Back-to-back massive homers give Twins another win over Angels

Back-to-back massive homers give Twins another win over Angels

First. Oswaldo Arcia broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with an opposite-field home run into the bullpen. Then, Byung Ho Park blasted a homer into Target Field's center-field bar.
Twins notes: No broken bones in Byron Buxton's left hand

Twins notes: No broken bones in Byron Buxton's left hand

A day after getting hit in the hand with a pitch, Byron Buxton hit off a tee and did some flip drills in the batting cage on Friday.
Twins beat Angels to end season-opening slide at nine games

Twins beat Angels to end season-opening slide at nine games

The Twins' late comeback ended their franchise-worst 0-9 start to the season. "A win like this, I think will definitely get us going," Trevor Plouffe said.
Ugly statistics in all areas explain Twins 0-7 start

Ugly statistics in all areas explain Twins 0-7 start

Offense, defense, pitching: Pick almost any area of the game and the Twins are ranking among the worst teams in baseball through the season's first 10 days.
Worst start in Twins history continues with home-opening loss

Worst start in Twins history continues with home-opening loss

The worst start in Twins history, and the worst in the entire sport since Houston went 0-7 in 2010, got a little worse in the team's Target Field debut on Monday afternoon.

Twins notes: Gibson has near-miss, but his reprieve is brief

A would-be grand slam by Austin Jackson sailed just foul, but the White Sox scored two runs one pitch later.
Soggy season, sagging offense continue as Twins get swept

Soggy season, sagging offense continue as Twins get swept

For the third straight game, the Twins managed only two runs -- and this time their pitchers were unable to hold a lead during the late innings.
Waseca ballpark fire 'disturbing news' to Twins staff

Waseca ballpark fire 'disturbing news' to Twins staff

Twins coach Gene Glynn said he was distressed to learn the grandstand of his hometown's 78-year-old ballpark was destroyed by fire Wednesday.
Sano, Gibson get lessons in control in Twins' 4-2 loss to Baltimore

Sano, Gibson get lessons in control in Twins' 4-2 loss to Baltimore

Misplaced aggressiveness by Miguel Sano in the field and at the plate, coupled with wildness by starter Kyle Gibson proved costly to the Twins on Wednesday at Camden Yards
Select group of Twins get a White House tour

Select group of Twins get a White House tour

"It was awesome," Brian Dozier said of a two-hour visit on Tuesday to the White House with teammates and Twins staff.
Escobar wants to keep Twins shortstop job all to himself

Escobar wants to keep Twins shortstop job all to himself

The Twins have tried one player after another at shortstop for more than a decade. Eduardo Escobar wants to stop the carousel.
Across five Aprils: Molitor hoping Twins avoid yet another slow start

Across five Aprils: Molitor hoping Twins avoid yet another slow start

The Twins have started 0-1 for eight consecutive seasons. Now the trick is preventing those Opening Day woes from growing into an 0-2 record.
No nerves for Twins' Park in first taste of majors

No nerves for Twins' Park in first taste of majors

Of all the developments he pictured about his debut in major league baseball, Byung Ho Park never expected this one: Calm. Serenity.
Twins wait out the rain before ninth-inning failure in opener

Twins wait out the rain before ninth-inning failure in opener

The Twins' eighth consecutive Opening Day loss started later than it should have. Then it ended more quickly than they wanted.
Molitor says he's "old-school" about notion of iPads in dugout

Molitor says he's "old-school" about notion of iPads in dugout

Twins manager Paul Molitor isn't opposed to the use of technology, he said, but "I am personally choosing not to use mine for in-game data. … I'm not a firm believer that when a pitcher is coming in, I need to see him" on video.
Young Twins from warmer climates adjust to playing in cold

Young Twins from warmer climates adjust to playing in cold

Miguel Sano, like several of his young teammates, has little experience playing in conditions like he figures to face this month in Baltimore, at Kansas City and especially at Target Field.
Twins notes: Home run indicates Mauer's health, readiness

Twins notes: Home run indicates Mauer's health, readiness

The Twins' most experienced and highest-paid player enters the 2016 season feeling as healthy as a 33-year-old concussion victim possibly can
Second seasons can be rough on young players

Second seasons can be rough on young players

Second seasons can be cruel to young players who experience immediate success. "It's always the toughest because the league starts to get to know you," said Joe Mauer, whose OPS declined by 156 points in his second season.
Twins finish exhibition schedule with no lingering issues

Twins finish exhibition schedule with no lingering issues

Twins' blueprint for roster, season appear on track.
Peace of mind has Twins reliever Abad in a better place

Peace of mind has Twins reliever Abad in a better place

Fernando Abad attributes a rough 2015 with Oakland to his worrying about his mother's health.
A big-league view in a big-league park for Byung Ho Park

A big-league view in a big-league park for Byung Ho Park

Friday's 4-3 spring training loss at Nationals Park was the first time Byung Ho Park had ever swung a bat in an American major league stadium
Sano, Milone lead Twins over Red Sox for sixth straight win

Sano, Milone lead Twins over Red Sox for sixth straight win

Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano and Kurt Suzuki homered in the rain-shortened game.
Duffey, Nolasco both fail to impress in final spring audition

Duffey, Nolasco both fail to impress in final spring audition

Tyler Duffey offered an uneven performance, giving up four runs over four innings on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The Twins rallied to win 6-4.
Rosario says he's looking to turn triples into home runs

Rosario says he's looking to turn triples into home runs

Eddie Rosario said he believes he is naturally growing into a stronger body, and a stronger hitter, one who can connect with far more power than he has shown.
Santana secure in do-it-all role for Twins

Santana secure in do-it-all role for Twins

Danny Santana had three hits and two RBI and got in two innings in right field in the Twins' 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
Santana throws six shutout innings; Plouffe, Suzuki homer twice in win

Santana throws six shutout innings; Plouffe, Suzuki homer twice in win

Santana, who this week was named the Twins Opening Day starter, had eight strikeouts over his six-inning stint.
Nolasco makes late charge for rotation spot with sharp outing vs. Rays

Nolasco makes late charge for rotation spot with sharp outing vs. Rays

After Ricky Nolasco's solid outing Wednesday and Tommy Milone up next, the Twins might have to rethink their fourth and fifth rotation spots.
Mauer connects on first home run, Twins beat Baltimore 5-1

Mauer connects on first home run, Twins beat Baltimore 5-1

Joe Mauer's first home run of the spring came in the first inning to get things started.
Twins' projections on Max Kepler are paying off

Twins' projections on Max Kepler are paying off

Max Kepler has played up to the Twins' early projections.
Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

The Twins bats were silenced by Juan Nicasio and the Pirates bullpen.
Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

The Twins bats were silenced by Juan Nicosia and the Pirates bullpen.

Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

The Twins bats were silenced by Juan Nicosia and the Pirates bullpen.
Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

Gibson effective but Twins fall to Pirates 2-0

The Twins bats were silenced by Juan Nicosia and the Pirates bullpen.
Twins cut top pitching prospects Berrios, Meyer

Twins cut top pitching prospects Berrios, Meyer

Jose Berrios and Alex Meyer, the Twins' top pitching prospects, were plagued by inconsistent outings.
Park's double, Gibson's strikeouts lead Twins past Red Sox

Park's double, Gibson's strikeouts lead Twins past Red Sox

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park had a clutch two-run double vs. the Red Sox on Thursday evening in Fort Myers.
Father-son games for the Vavras at Twins camp but 'you don't call him Dad'

Father-son games for the Vavras at Twins camp but 'you don't call him Dad'

Twins bench coach Joe Vavra managed his sons in Australia last winter and is with them at spring training in Fort Myers. They hope to take the experiences all the way to the big leagues.
Twins catching prospect hopes he was right choosing baseball over football

Twins catching prospect hopes he was right choosing baseball over football

John Hicks has the rare talent to play pro sports at the highest level, and he believes he can spot that skill in others. One of his childhood teammates has become a big-time NFL star.
Byung Ho Park: Feeling at home far from home

Byung Ho Park: Feeling at home far from home

Byung Ho Park remains a national hero for South Korea even as he's building into an intriguing possibility for the Twins.
For Quentin, 'challenge' to rejuvenate career is personal

For Quentin, 'challenge' to rejuvenate career is personal

Carlos Quentin walked away from baseball last spring after a rash of injuries, but he's resurfaced with the Twins hoping for a comeback.
Arcia displays some unexpected skills in Twins victory

Arcia displays some unexpected skills in Twins victory

Oswaldo Arcia, long known as anything but finicky about the pitches he swings at, drew three walks in three plate appearances, stole a base and even made a running catch.
One-time top prospect Alex Meyer hoping to stick as reliever

One-time top prospect Alex Meyer hoping to stick as reliever

The Twins moved the righthander to the bullpen last year, and a strong finish in the minors has everyone hopeful.
Pencil in Duffey for a Twins rotation spot

Pencil in Duffey for a Twins rotation spot

Righthander Tyler Duffey has manager Paul Molitor's backing for a job in the Twins' rotation.
Twins win, Park strikes out three times in spring training opener

Twins win, Park strikes out three times in spring training opener

Phil Hughes and Trevor May each threw two scoreless innings for the Twins. Byung Ho Park was the starting DH and admitted to being nervous in his debut.
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