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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 lose sixth in a row; Dozier hits his 30th homer

Twins lose sixth in a row; Dozier hits his 30th homer

Small mistakes continue to bedevil and ultimately wreck the Twins. Wednesday, a baserunning gaffe cost a run, a failure to turn a double play provided the Tigers an extra out, and Detroit took advantage.
Throwing 100 mph rare for Twins pitchers – for now

Throwing 100 mph rare for Twins pitchers – for now

The Twins don't have a tradition of high-velocity pitchers, but that might change
Dozier homers again but Gibson's struggles lead to Twins loss

Dozier homers again but Gibson's struggles lead to Twins loss

Brian Dozier hit his 10th home run in August on Tuesday. But for the third time this month starter Kyle Gibson allowed at least five runs, a nagging problem for the Twins' starting rotation.
Eddie Rosario fills in nicely in center field for Twins

Eddie Rosario fills in nicely in center field for Twins

Amid all the uncertainty surrounding the Twins' future and that of their young players, a few determinations have been made.
Duffey pitches seven strong, Twins use long ball to defeat Royals

Duffey pitches seven strong, Twins use long ball to defeat Royals

Dozier hit his sixth homer this month for the 100th in his career.
Fielding and pitching flops trouble Molitor in 11-4 loss to Royals

Fielding and pitching flops trouble Molitor in 11-4 loss to Royals

Manager Paul Molitor openly questioned whether his last-place team understands that the season might be lost but it's not over.
Twins send Miguel Sano to have MRI on his sore right elbow

Twins send Miguel Sano to have MRI on his sore right elbow

Miguel Sano downplayed the test, pointing out that he remembers the sharp pain of a torn tendon in that elbow in 2014. This isn't it, he said.
Step by step: Tracing Kepler's path from Germany to the Twins

Step by step: Tracing Kepler's path from Germany to the Twins

How a lanky, soccer-loving kid from Germany ended up discovering baseball, moving to Florida and eventually wearing a Twins uniform.
Twins have 5-0 lead washed out by rain, doubleheader scheduled today

Twins have 5-0 lead washed out by rain, doubleheader scheduled today

Brian Dozier tied Chuck Knoblauch for second-most leadoff home runs in Twins history Wednesday night. But Knoblauch surged back into the lead a couple of hours later.
May grudgingly admits to continued back pain, returns to DL

May grudgingly admits to continued back pain, returns to DL

Trevor May has learned honesty is the best policy and returned to the disabled list because of ongoing discomfort in his back.
Astros decide to give up on Gomez

Astros decide to give up on Gomez

Carlos Gomez's two misplays in the outfield at Target Field on Monday might have cost Houston a victory. His season-long woes probably cost him his…
Twins demote Buxton to Rochester, stick with Sano

Twins demote Buxton to Rochester, stick with Sano

While the former No. 1 pick was reverting to bad habits, the Twins cited their cleanup hitter's improved discipline.
Sano homers twice, hits roof at Tropicana Field

Sano homers twice, hits roof at Tropicana Field

Miguel Sano is so strong, he hit a baseball Sunday farther than anyone ever has before in Tropicana Field's 19-year major league history.
Longoria continues pummeling Twins in 7-3 Tampa Bay win

Longoria continues pummeling Twins in 7-3 Tampa Bay win

Evan Longoria is only 30 years old, but it seems as if he's been picking on Twins pitching for decades.
WBC rosters could have a heavy Twins flavor

WBC rosters could have a heavy Twins flavor

Four Twins have tentative plans to wear Puerto Rico's uniform when the 2017 WBC begins in March.
Late-inning power rallies Twins past Tampa Bay 6-2

Late-inning power rallies Twins past Tampa Bay 6-2

Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano hit home runs in the seventh and eighth innings, and Joe Mauer's two-run double in the ninth sealed the win.
Twins notes: Molitor has fond memories of international play

Twins notes: Molitor has fond memories of international play

Paul Molitor still has his gold medal from the summer he wore a Team USA jersey, and it's a great memory, he said Friday. But the medal says "Intercontinental Cup," not "Olympics."
Will Twins send message to Sano by sending him to minors?

Will Twins send message to Sano by sending him to minors?

Paul Molitor wouldn't rule out Thursday sending cleanup hitter Miguel Sano to Class AAA Rochester when Trevor Plouffe's rehab assignment ends next week.
Mauer leads the attack as Twins smash Cleveland pitching again

Mauer leads the attack as Twins smash Cleveland pitching again

The Twins' offense remained on its historic, baseball-crushing roll, Indians baserunning chipped in a couple of extra outs and even the umpires helped with a couple of razor-thin calls.
Twins grab eight-run lead, hold on to beat Cleveland again 10-6

Twins grab eight-run lead, hold on to beat Cleveland again 10-6

Max Kepler slugged his fourth home run of the series, Brian Dozier crushed his 20th blast of the season, and the Twins staked Kyle Gibson to an eight-run lead. Then things got weird.
Twins trade pitchers Nolasco, Meyer and Abad

Twins trade pitchers Nolasco, Meyer and Abad

The bigger of the two Twins trades landed 2015 All-Star Hector Santiago from the Angels.
Twins' trade shuffle puts Duffey in rotation, Milone in bullpen

Twins' trade shuffle puts Duffey in rotation, Milone in bullpen

The righthander was restored to the Twins rotation Monday after lefthander Fernando Abad was traded to Boston.
Twins win on Mauer's pinch-hit, walk-off walk

Twins win on Mauer's pinch-hit, walk-off walk

Joe Mauer drew a bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Twins a 2-1 victory.
Twins trade All-Star Eduardo Nunez to San Francisco

Twins trade All-Star Eduardo Nunez to San Francisco

The Twins' expected midseason roster makeover started at the top Thursday: They traded their All-Star for a promising minor-league pitcher.
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.
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