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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 sign former White Sox All-Star Carlos Quentin

Twins sign former White Sox All-Star Carlos Quentin

He came cheap, for $750,00 if he makes the major league roster.
Twins notes: Role for Alex Meyer still up in the air

Twins notes: Role for Alex Meyer still up in the air

The 6-8 righthander had a roller-coaster 2015 that left his future with the team in doubt.
After near-death scares, Rod Carew 'not afraid to cry' anymore

After near-death scares, Rod Carew 'not afraid to cry' anymore

Rod Carew nearly died twice last September from a major heart attack. He was hospitalized in five different hospitals until finally being released two days before Christmas, he said, and "I cried every day in that damn hospital."
Twins notes: Torii Hunter says Twins Hall of Fame nod 'caught me off guard'

Twins notes: Torii Hunter says Twins Hall of Fame nod 'caught me off guard'

Torii Hunter and former broadcaster John Gordon will be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in July, the team announced Friday.
Torii Hunter, John Gordon elected to Twins Hall of Fame

Torii Hunter, John Gordon elected to Twins Hall of Fame

The Twins eliminated a two-year waiting period for retired players last fall, allowing Hunter to appear on the ballot this winter. The nine-time Gold Glove winner was an easy choice.
John Ryan Murphy fills Twins' needs behind plate

John Ryan Murphy fills Twins' needs behind plate

The former Yankee is expected to challenge Kurt Suzuki for a starting spot.
Molitor looks ahead to young arms in Twins bullpen

Molitor looks ahead to young arms in Twins bullpen

Young pitchers like Mason Melotakis, Nick Burdi, J.T. Chargois and Jake Reed are primed to take part in their first big-league camp next month for Paul Molitor and the Twins.
Twins sign Plouffe for $7.25 million; payroll is set

Twins sign Plouffe for $7.25 million; payroll is set

Signing third baseman Trevor Plouffe was a major milestone toward spring because his contract was the largest one the Twins had to negotiate this winter.
Jepsen reaches deal with Twins; Plouffe last unsigned veteran

Jepsen reaches deal with Twins; Plouffe last unsigned veteran

"We're still talking, which is a good sign," General Manager Terry Ryan said of the Twins and Trevor Plouffe, who hope to avoid arbitration.
Big question for Twins: Is Byron Buxton ready for the big stage?

Big question for Twins: Is Byron Buxton ready for the big stage?

The Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the Yankees in November, clearing the way for the Buxton Era to begin in April. Manager Paul Molitor said things 'might not look too pretty' in center field if he isn't.
Two arbitration-eligible Twins remain unsigned

Two arbitration-eligible Twins remain unsigned

The Twins reached one-year deals with Eduardo Escobar, Casey Fien, Eduardo Nunez and Tommy Milone but Trevor Plouffe and Kevin Jepsen are headed to arbitration.
Twins will try to make all their pieces fit

Twins will try to make all their pieces fit

With an offseason fo­cus on offense, they will sort out where ev­er­y­one plays this spring -- and Miguel Sano may not end up in right field.
Twins banking on short transition for Park

Twins banking on short transition for Park

New Twins slugger Byung Ho Park will have to adjust to both better pitchers and bigger ballparks now that he's in the major leagues.
In signing Byung Ho Park, Twins try to power up at a modest price

In signing Byung Ho Park, Twins try to power up at a modest price

Park's $12 million contract is on top of the $12.85 million the Twins must pay to his former team, the Nexen Heroes, as compensation for losing him.

Twins prospect Park consults with fellow South Koreans, likes what he hears

The Twins sent several scouts to South Korea last season to see Byung Ho Park play. But Park has been scouting the major leagues,…
'Nervous' Park arrives in Minnesota to negotiate with Twins

'Nervous' Park arrives in Minnesota to negotiate with Twins

Park was greeted by a handful of Korean baseball fans at the airport Sunday night after arriving from Chicago, which followed a 12-hour flight from Seoul.
Wisconsin again tramples Minnesota's defense

Wisconsin again tramples Minnesota's defense

Dare Ogunbowale rushed for 161 yards, Taiwan Deal gained 92, and Wisconsin piled up 257 yards on the ground to run its winning streak over the Gophers to 12 straight games.
Wisconsin's Stave, somehow, has swung the Axe in Badgers' favor

Wisconsin's Stave, somehow, has swung the Axe in Badgers' favor

Joel Stave's stats at quarterback don't dominate the Gophers, but his teams do.
Pinto, Achter lost to waiver claims as Twins set 40-man roster

Pinto, Achter lost to waiver claims as Twins set 40-man roster

For one amazing month in 2013, it appeared the Twins had found the natural successor to Joe Mauer as their catcher. On Friday, they gave up on Josmil Pinto ever assuming that role.
Twins expect to sign South Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

Twins expect to sign South Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan described negotiations with Byung-ho Park Wednesday as "ongoing," and said "we're hopeful of coming to an agreement." It's been almost…
New Twins catcher Murphy 'could be a two-way threat'

New Twins catcher Murphy 'could be a two-way threat'

The Twins acquired 24-year-old catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees in a trade that did not come without a steep price: Aaron Hicks is headed to the Bronx.
Twins acquire two minor leaguers, trade away Herrmann

Twins acquire two minor leaguers, trade away Herrmann

The Twins pulled off their first trade of the offseason, acquiring 24-year-old Class A outfielder Daniel Palka from Arizona for catcher Chris Herrmann, and signed reliever Dan Runzler to a minor league contract.
Ryan: Sano would move to outfield if Twins sign Korean slugger Park

Ryan: Sano would move to outfield if Twins sign Korean slugger Park

If the Twins can sign Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, general manager Terry Ryan said Park would likely become the team's regular DH and Miguel Sano would move to the outfield.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano is voted team MVP, top rookie

Twins slugger Miguel Sano is voted team MVP, top rookie

He's only the second Twin to win both club awards.
Sylvia Fowles: From sitting out to Finals MVP

Sylvia Fowles: From sitting out to Finals MVP

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles sat out half the season to convince Chicago to trade her. She was commanding Wednesday, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and earning the MVP award for the WNBA Finals.
Twins want Sano to play a position instead of just DH

Twins want Sano to play a position instead of just DH

The rookie slugger, who turbocharged Minnesota's offense with 18 home runs and a team-high .915 OPS as the team's designated hitter, was a third baseman in the minors.
What will Twins' roster look like next year?

What will Twins' roster look like next year?

Twins, Ryan have decisions to make this offseason regarding young talent, pending free agents.
Relief success aside, May wants to start in 2015

Relief success aside, May wants to start in 2015

He played a key role after being sent to the Twins bullpen.
Twins notes: Kepler gets his first hit

Twins notes: Kepler gets his first hit

Max Kepler can start preparing for 2016 with renewed enthusiasm after making his first start Sunday, going 1-for-5 against All-Star-caliber pitchers such as Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez.
Twins bid a fond farewell to the season

Twins bid a fond farewell to the season

Kansas City piled up five quick runs Sunday afternoon and marched off into the postseason with a victory over the Twins at Target Field.
Twins wild card hopes end with a whimper in 5-1 loss

Twins wild card hopes end with a whimper in 5-1 loss

The Twins' season unofficially ended Saturday, one day from the formal finish, and that fact represents undeniable progress. But their 5-1 loss to the Royals at Target Field, featuring another listless performance at the plate and several unnerving breakdowns in the field, hurt just the same.
Torii Hunter after loss: 'This could be my last game'

Torii Hunter after loss: 'This could be my last game'

The outfielder, who made a big impact in his return, will consider retirement.
A worst-case scenario as Twins fall to Royals 3-1

A worst-case scenario as Twins fall to Royals 3-1

A quiet loss to first-place Kansas City pushes the Twins to the brink elimination.
Twins fans show appreciation for Santana in final outing

Twins fans show appreciation for Santana in final outing

Ervin Santana, suspended for the first half of the season after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs in the spring, turned in seven consecutive quality starts to close the season.
Night goes bad in a hurry for Gibson in Twins loss

Night goes bad in a hurry for Gibson in Twins loss

Cleveland's leadoff homer set the tone as Kyle Gibson didn't make it through the third inning, giving up all six runs at Cleveland scored in its 6-3 victory.
Mauer's run of reaching base reaches Twins record

Mauer's run of reaching base reaches Twins record

Joe Mauer led off the eighth inning Thursday with a walk, the 43rd consecutive game he has reached base. That surpasses Bob Allison's 42-game record, set in the Twins' inaugural season in 1961.
Twins gain ground with 3-1 victory over Cleveland

Twins gain ground with 3-1 victory over Cleveland

Minnesota improved its American League wild-card hopes with a three-run third inning Tuesday against Danny Salazar and the Indians.
Twins' Kepler enjoys 'amazing' day with title, promotion

Twins' Kepler enjoys 'amazing' day with title, promotion

Max Kepler didn't think a day in baseball could get much better than hitting a home run, then celebrating a championship shortly afterward. But it did.
Twins losing streak at 5 after dropping two to Angels

Twins losing streak at 5 after dropping two to Angels

Minnesota scored just four runs in 21 innings Saturday and lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Angels, 4-3 in 12 innings during the day, 5-2 at night.
Hughes better in relief debut for Twins

Hughes better in relief debut for Twins

Phil Hughes retired six of the seven hitters he faced in a two-inning relief stint in Game 2 of Saturday's Twins-Angels doubleheader.
Twins blow big early lead in 11-8 loss to Angels

Twins blow big early lead in 11-8 loss to Angels

The Angels hit four home runs, two by Mike Trout, after the Twins took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Tommy Milone was knocked out in the second in the team's third straight loss.
Twins' Hughes left in limbo after short start

Twins' Hughes left in limbo after short start

By quirk of the calendar, the Twins' Opening Day starter doesn't know when he will pitch again, and there is an outside chance it won't be this year.
Twins waste chances, lose back-and-forth game to Tigers in 12 innings

Twins waste chances, lose back-and-forth game to Tigers in 12 innings

Ian Kinsler's singled home the tie-breaking run in the 12th inning, and J.D. Martinez blasted a two-run homer off Brian Duensing as punctuation as the Tigers won at Target Field.
Twins notes: Nolasco toils, just in case Twins need him

Twins notes: Nolasco toils, just in case Twins need him

Ricky Nolasco hasn't pitched in the Twins' last 96 games. But don't rule him out of the final 17 games.
Gibson outpitches Sale as Twins pound White Sox

Gibson outpitches Sale as Twins pound White Sox

Kyle Gibson stood out against Chicago again, benefiting from his team's latest big day against the All-Star lefthander.
Molitor impressed by Hunter's at-bat against Sale

Molitor impressed by Hunter's at-bat against Sale

Paul Molitor isn't sure where Torii Hunter's first-inning at-bat against Chris Sale might rank by the time this season is over. But it's one he will remember for a long time.
Milone gets rocked in fourth inning, Twins fall 8-2 to White Sox

Milone gets rocked in fourth inning, Twins fall 8-2 to White Sox

Tommy Milone, who had allowed only seven runs in seven career starts against Chicago, equaled that number in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, surrendering the Twins' largest inning of the season.
Twins' baserunning remains bothersome for Molitor

Twins' baserunning remains bothersome for Molitor

The Twins' 62 steals on the season mean they will likely finish with one of the franchise's three lowest totals of the past 30 years.
Plouffe's two homers, Hunter's two assists lead Twins to victory

Plouffe's two homers, Hunter's two assists lead Twins to victory

Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe and Ervin Santana propelled the Twins' series-opening victory vs. White Sox
Hughes' rushed return will make it six starters for Twins

Hughes' rushed return will make it six starters for Twins

Phil Hughes will make his first start since Aug. 9 on Tuesday vs. Detroit, an admittedly ambitious timetable after his lower-back injury but necessary, Paul Molitor said, given the Twins' spot in the standings.
Slump? Busted. Sano's pinch-hit home run beats Kansas City

Slump? Busted. Sano's pinch-hit home run beats Kansas City

Miguel Sano's home run in the 12th inning put the Twins ahead of Kansas City on Wednesday. Sano had been nursing a sore hamstring and dealing with strikeout issues.
Twins notes: Hughes, Perkins nearing returns

Twins notes: Hughes, Perkins nearing returns

The lure of a pennant race and some well-placed cortisone shots are helping to heal the sore backs of the Twins' Opening Day starter and All-Star closer.
9 pitches, 4 runs: Gibson's bad 1st inning leads to loss

9 pitches, 4 runs: Gibson's bad 1st inning leads to loss

Kyle Gibson pitched well Tuesday in every inning but the first, where he allowed four runs to the Royals before getting anyone out.
Twins notes: Hunter understands new defensive role

Twins notes: Hunter understands new defensive role

Twins' 40-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter said he's accepting of being subbed for because he's worked with and is close to the players who are slowly taking his place.
Milone, Escobar give Twins what they need to win

Milone, Escobar give Twins what they need to win

Tommy Milone limited Kansas City to two runs while Eduardo Escobar drove in three as the Twins built a lead against the Royals and then held on.
Twins notes: Hughes to pitch in simulated game Wednesday

Twins notes: Hughes to pitch in simulated game Wednesday

Phil Hughes will pitch a simulated game Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey will pitch a real one that night. Their roles might reverse next week.
Three homers rankle Astros' Keuchel

Three homers rankle Astros' Keuchel

Until last Monday, Keuchel had not allowed a home run in Minute Maid Park all season. Matter of fact, when Brian Dozier's and Eduardo Escobar's cannon shots put the Twins ahead 2-0, it was the first time that Keuchel had trailed by two runs at home this year.
Twins want to experience ups, downs of playoff race

Twins want to experience ups, downs of playoff race

Few current Twins have participated in a playoff race before, but 'old-timer' Tony Oliva says the drama is unforgettable.
Twins notes: Injury impedes Sano's baserunning

Twins notes: Injury impedes Sano's baserunning

It's not always easy to watch Miguel Sano lope slowly to first base on a ground ball, Paul Molitor said Saturday, but it beats not watching him hit at all.
Twins denied, then drubbed in Houston

Twins denied, then drubbed in Houston

A parade of Astros touched home after the Twins were refused a run in the first inning in the first game of a critical road trip.
Twins notes: Hicks now outfield wild card

Twins notes: Hicks now outfield wild card

Aaron Hicks has been a center fielder his entire professional career and he was back in center for the Twins on Friday night. But if it's essentially a farewell appearance.
Twins call up five players; Berrios not among them

Twins call up five players; Berrios not among them

First baseman Kennys Vargas, shortstop Danny Santana, catcher Eric Fryer and relievers Michael Tonkin and A.J. Achter will be at Target Field on Tuesday.
Duffey pitching well after nervous Twins debut

Duffey pitching well after nervous Twins debut

The righthanded starter has progressed beyond a jarring big-league debut with the Twins.
Twins notes: Dozier plays along with the band on Twins' Faith Night

Twins notes: Dozier plays along with the band on Twins' Faith Night

There he was Saturday night, strumming along on his acoustic guitar as a Christian rock band played "Amazing Grace" to close the Twins' first Faith Night promotion at Target Field.
Santana finds groove against Astros; Twins win series

Santana finds groove against Astros; Twins win series

Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings, a performance both he and the Twins needed in their fight for a wild-card berth.
Hicks will return to Twins as a corner outfielder

Hicks will return to Twins as a corner outfielder

The Twins might be about to embark upon another two-center-fielder era.
Pelfrey erratic, Twins waste prime chances in loss

Pelfrey erratic, Twins waste prime chances in loss

Mike Pelfrey couldn't get out of the fourth inning as the Twins stumbled Saturday night against the Astros.
Relief role reversal works as Twins beat Astros in opener

Relief role reversal works as Twins beat Astros in opener

Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and Kevin Jepsen escaped a jam in the ninth to save a Twins shutout over Houston.
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.
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