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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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Dillon Gee, four home runs carry Twins to doubleheader split with White Sox

Dillon Gee, four home runs carry Twins to doubleheader split with White Sox

Dillon Gee shined in Game 2 after fellow first-time Twins starter Tim Melville faltered in Game 1.
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.
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.
Strange L.A. story: Twins lose to Dodgers in long game featuring odd delay

Strange L.A. story: Twins lose to Dodgers in long game featuring odd delay

The enduring image of the Twins' third straight loss, 6-2 to the Dodgers, will be umpires putting Paul Molitor through a lengthy mid-game paperwork audit.
Bellinger's home run sends Twins to loss, back to .500 on the season

Bellinger's home run sends Twins to loss, back to .500 on the season

Cody Bellinger's three-run shot over the center field wall gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory, and put the Twins to 49-49 for the season 3 1/2 games back of Cleveland.
Twins get Garcia deal done by sending Atlanta a different prospect

Twins get Garcia deal done by sending Atlanta a different prospect

The Twins sent 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta, though the real acquisition for the Braves is salary relief.
Twins 'engaged on a number of players' but what about Garcia?

Twins 'engaged on a number of players' but what about Garcia?

Whether Braves lefty Jaime Garcia ever wears a Twins uniform or not, the prospective deal has established an objective that Derek Falvey made explicit Friday.
Santana gets just 10 outs in Twins loss to Tigers

Santana gets just 10 outs in Twins loss to Tigers

Inconsistent ace Ervin Santana had another one of those games Friday, getting pulled in the fourth after allowing a pair of home runs to Victor Martinez.
Twins, Braves near deal for lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia

Twins, Braves near deal for lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia

Starter has 3.65 career ERA, but a history of injuries.
Encore earned: Colon absorbs loss in Twins debut, will get another shot

Encore earned: Colon absorbs loss in Twins debut, will get another shot

Bartolo Colon produced a mixed effort in his Twins debut - starting strong but eventually allowing four earned runs in four innings - and manager Paul Molitor said the 44-year-old will make his next scheduled start.
'Not really helping anybody': Hughes' season likely over

'Not really helping anybody': Hughes' season likely over

Phil Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Twins roster for Bartolo Colon. Kennys Vargas was demoted so reliever Craig Breslow could be activated.
Twins break through in eighth to thwart Yankees

Twins break through in eighth to thwart Yankees

The Twins strung together fourth consecutive hits, with pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar driving in the go-ahead run and Eddie Rosario following with an RBI double to beat the Yankees.
With Colon, Twins hope age is a beauty

With Colon, Twins hope age is a beauty

Colon has 235 victories, piling up most of them back when his fastball was closer to 100 mph than 90, and he won a Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: The new great one hits Target Field

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: The new great one hits Target Field

Let's put it in terms that should awe Twins fans: Judge is bigger than Miguel Sano — he's 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, compared to Sano's 6-4 and 260 — and he hits the ball harder and farther, too.
Cano's HR wins All-Star Game but three Twins make their mark in Miami

Cano's HR wins All-Star Game but three Twins make their mark in Miami

Robinson Cano broke the 10th-inning tie, which was 1-1 thanks to an RBI from Miguel Sano and a home run allowed by Ervin Santana. Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning.
All-Stars applaud not using game to decide home field for World Series

All-Stars applaud not using game to decide home field for World Series

Tuesday's was the first All-Star Game since 2003 that won't have an effect on the postseason — home-field advantage will go to the team with the best record — and you could sense relief among the All-Stars.
Minnesotans Neshek, Hand take path less traveled to All-Star glory

Minnesotans Neshek, Hand take path less traveled to All-Star glory

Chaska's Brad Hand and Brooklyn Park's Pat Neshek have traveled similar paths to become All-Star relievers.
Sano plotting revenge after losing to Judge in Home Run Derby final

Sano plotting revenge after losing to Judge in Home Run Derby final

Sounding like a boxer beaten but unbowed, convinced he can win. That's what Miguel Sano was saying after his runner-up finish in the All-Star Home Run Derby: He wants a rematch in 2018.
'He's grown up': Sano's maturity has baseball taking notice

'He's grown up': Sano's maturity has baseball taking notice

Miguel Sano, whose talent was major league before his work ethic was, went home to the Dominican Republic after last season depressed about how he played and motivated to fix it.
Twins prospect Gordon helps U.S. to victory in Futures Game

Twins prospect Gordon helps U.S. to victory in Futures Game

The 2014 draft pick, now the shortstop at Class AA Chattanooga, singled and scored in the fourth inning.
'Aggressive' Angels find a way to beat Twins, Santana: a delayed double steal

'Aggressive' Angels find a way to beat Twins, Santana: a delayed double steal

Cameron Maybin pulled off the first successful steal of home against the Twins since 2003 on Wednesday, allowing the Angels to get in position to steal the finale of the three-game series.
Twins put Santiago on 10-day disabled list, recall Busenitz

Twins put Santiago on 10-day disabled list, recall Busenitz

Hector Santiago hasn't been the same pitcher since mid-May — he had a 2.76 ERA on May 9, and a 9.96 ERA and seven consecutive losses since.
Shift leaves rift in latest Twins loss

Shift leaves rift in latest Twins loss

Starter Hector Santiago and manager Paul Molitor appear at odds following abbreviated outing against the Royals.
Twins' Sano, Santana named to AL All-Star team

Twins' Sano, Santana named to AL All-Star team

"I remember in spring training I told [Santana], 'We're going to the All-Star Game together,' " Sano said. "So I'm glad that it is happening, that we get to go together and hopefully represent the team well."
Recent skid sours Twins' mood at halfway point of season

Recent skid sours Twins' mood at halfway point of season

The Twins reached the halfway point of the season Sunday one game over .500, 14 games better than a year ago. Sure doesn't feel like it, they said. That's what a long and lately lousy road trip will do.
Twins split doubleheader with Royals after 10-5 win in nightcap

Twins split doubleheader with Royals after 10-5 win in nightcap

The split of long day in Kansas City kept the AL Central standings frozen, since first-place Cleveland and fourth-place Detroit also split a pair.
Twins lose Game 1 of doubleheader, fall into 2nd place tie with KC

Twins lose Game 1 of doubleheader, fall into 2nd place tie with KC

The Twins on Saturday afternoon led 5-1 after three innings but the Royals used the long ball to claim an 11-6 victory and move into a tie for second place in the AL Central.
Royals tee off as Twins, Santana melt down in 8-1 loss

Royals tee off as Twins, Santana melt down in 8-1 loss

Ervin Santana botched an easy double-play ball, and never recovered on the mound as the Royals took advantage en route to an 8-1 victory.
Jorge making rare jump from Class AA to Twins starting pitcher

Jorge making rare jump from Class AA to Twins starting pitcher

It's believed Felix Jorge, scheduled starter in Game 2 Saturday, is the first Twins pitcher since Brad Thomas in 2001 to start a major league game out of Class AA.
Nick Gordon chosen for All-Star Futures Game

Nick Gordon chosen for All-Star Futures Game

Gordon will be the lone Twins player taking part this season, but he's the second member of his own family to take part in the Futures Game.
Kepler, Sano have big hits while Mejia shuts down Red Sox in 4-1 win

Kepler, Sano have big hits while Mejia shuts down Red Sox in 4-1 win

Miguel Sano and Max Kepler busted their slumps, combining for all four RBI. Afterward, Sano declined to address a social media report that he's been invited to participate in the All-Star Game's home run derby.
Hughes to 'roll with the punches' in Twins bullpen for now

Hughes to 'roll with the punches' in Twins bullpen for now

The Twins activated Phil Hughes early, and plan to pitch him out of the bullpen for the rest of the 2017 season.
Night of rain, hits and errors results in Red Sox crushing Twins

Night of rain, hits and errors results in Red Sox crushing Twins

An astonishing 17 of the first 31 Boston batters reached base, two of them via error but two of them via long home runs that left little doubt about the game's outcome.
Sale is too much for Twins and Berrios in 4-1 Red Sox victory

Sale is too much for Twins and Berrios in 4-1 Red Sox victory

The Twins scored one run, squandered another terrific start by Jose Berrios and fell out of first place after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball

Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball

Assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a Twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.
Melotakis, Wimmers designated for assignment as Twins call up Gee, Hildenberger

Melotakis, Wimmers designated for assignment as Twins call up Gee, Hildenberger

Mason Melotakis, a second-round draft choice who was once considered a top bullpen prospect, was designated for assignment as part of the latest Twins' roster moves.
Soggy mess: Twins wait out long delay, give away game in a hurry

Soggy mess: Twins wait out long delay, give away game in a hurry

After a rain delay of nearly five hours, Nik Hurley didn't make it through the first inning of a 9-0 loss to the White Sox.
Santana struggles but Twins 'offense took care of it;' Vargas blasts 475-foot homer

Santana struggles but Twins 'offense took care of it;' Vargas blasts 475-foot homer

Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas smashed home runs and the Twins' bullpen bailed out starter Ervin Santana for a 9-7 victory against the White Sox.
Hughes to experiment with return to pitching from the bullpen

Hughes to experiment with return to pitching from the bullpen

Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team will "try" Phil Hughes in the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 21.
Top overall pick Lewis signs $6.7 million contract with Twins

Top overall pick Lewis signs $6.7 million contract with Twins

Lewis signed at a news conference between games of the Twins' doubleheader, and he will soon report to the Twins' Gulf Coast League rookie team in Fort Myers, Fla.
Twins swept by Indians in doubleheader, fall from division lead

Twins swept by Indians in doubleheader, fall from division lead

Now 14-23 at home, the Twins fell out of first place for the first time since May 9. They will try to avoid a four-game sweep Sunday with Kyle Gibson on the mound against Trevor Bauer.
Mariners use the long ball to beat Santana, Twins 6-4

Mariners use the long ball to beat Santana, Twins 6-4

The Mariners handed Ervin Santana a two-run deficit just five pitches into his start Wednesday, and beat the Twins at Target Field.
Another bullpen collapse costs Twins chance to sweep Giants

Another bullpen collapse costs Twins chance to sweep Giants

Matt Belisle gave up four runs in the eighth inning and Craig Breslow five in the ninth as the Twins blew a one-run lead in a 13-8 loss to San Francisco.
Turley gets first major league lesson: Don't fall behind in the count

Turley gets first major league lesson: Don't fall behind in the count

Turley is almost certain to get another start for the Twins, likely Friday against Cleveland.
Gimenez gets steal sign vs. Giants, and runs with it

Gimenez gets steal sign vs. Giants, and runs with it

Twins catcher Chris Gimenez on Saturday stole his first base since August 4, 2015.
Two home runs add up to victory for Twins, Berrios

Two home runs add up to victory for Twins, Berrios

One inning after Kennys Vargas blasted a solo home run, Brian Dozier turned on a high fastball in the fifth inning to provide all the offense the Twins would need to beat the Giants.
Santana pitches, hits his way to victory for Twins

Santana pitches, hits his way to victory for Twins

Twins starter Ervin Santana pitched a 4-0 shutout, and three of those runs came off of his bat as well with a bases-clearing double.
Ehire Adrianza doing a bit of everything for Twins

Ehire Adrianza doing a bit of everything for Twins

Ehire Adrianza is a career .229 hitter, but since changing his swing the above-average shortstop has gone 8-for-27 (.296) in sporadic usage, and he believes he can do even better.
Newest Twin Heston is getting a career reboot

Newest Twin Heston is getting a career reboot

Friday is the the two-year anniversary of Chris Heston's career highlight: The day he no-hit the Mets in Citi Field.
There's no such thing as a sure thing with top pick in MLB draft

There's no such thing as a sure thing with top pick in MLB draft

The No. 1 pick in baseball is a crapshoot, and the Twins - with Tim Belcher and Joe Mauer as their previous top picks - know that as well as any other team.
Stunned in Seattle: Two-out, two-run walk-off homer sinks Twins

Stunned in Seattle: Two-out, two-run walk-off homer sinks Twins

Mike Zunino's two-out blast, his second homer of the game, came after Ben Gamel singled up the middle off Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. It was Seattle's fourth home run Wednesday.
More than just an All-Star berth, Sano wants spot in home run derby

More than just an All-Star berth, Sano wants spot in home run derby

Miguel Sano has pulled ahead of Cleveland's Jose Ramirez by 97,912 votes and Manny Machado by 118,836 in the fan voting for the starting spot at third base for the American League.
Sixteen years after No. 1 pick, no regrets for Twins or Joe Mauer

Sixteen years after No. 1 pick, no regrets for Twins or Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer is one of the great success stories not only in Minnesota draft history, but of the draft overall.
Mauer's moment: First career walk-off HR carries Twins over Red Sox

Mauer's moment: First career walk-off HR carries Twins over Red Sox

Joe Mauer blasted a pitch from Matt Barnes over the fence in left-center field for a home run that gave the Twins a 4-3 victory. It was Mauer's first walk-off home run in 6,010 career at-bats.
Getting his green card, Twins' Escobar pursues American dream

Getting his green card, Twins' Escobar pursues American dream

Eduardo Escobar, a Venezuelan native, flew to Miami after Monday afternoon's game to be interviewed by U.S. immigration, the final step in giving Escobar permanent resident status in the United States.
Greene? McKay? Wright? Falvey coy about Twins' No. 1 draft choice

Greene? McKay? Wright? Falvey coy about Twins' No. 1 draft choice

Baseball operations head Derek Falvey, handed the draft's most valuable asset in his first season as chief baseball officer, has the final say over how the Twins will use it.
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