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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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How's Mauer's health? 'I feel terrible'

How's Mauer's health? 'I feel terrible'

Joe Mauer's past few months have been ruined by the strained quads he suffered in Atlanta on Aug. 16, while scoring from first base on a double.
Duffey's strong outing, Sano's home run end Twins losing streak

Duffey's strong outing, Sano's home run end Twins losing streak

The Twins avoided their 100th loss of the season with a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings.
Twins reliever Chargois hopes to hit 100 mph

Twins reliever Chargois hopes to hit 100 mph

J.T. Chargois, a second-round pick in 2012, hit 99 miles per hour three times during Thursday night's loss to Detroit
Twins' Vargas on his future: 'I need to hit home runs'

Twins' Vargas on his future: 'I need to hit home runs'

Kennys Vargas intends to discover whether his readjusted swing carries him as far as some of the tape-measure blasts he's hit this month.
Cabrera's huge night moves Twins closer to their worst record ever

Cabrera's huge night moves Twins closer to their worst record ever

Nobody should have been caught off guard by Miguel Cabrera's seventh-inning home run off Michael Tonkin, a vintage blast deep into the left field bleachers.
Buxton continues battling the weight of heavy expectations

Buxton continues battling the weight of heavy expectations

Now in his fourth stint with the Twins, he appears to be looking closer to the player fans have been hoping for from the day he was drafted.
Baseball Insider: Teams turning to science, research to save investments

Baseball Insider: Teams turning to science, research to save investments

The science of preserving arms becomes a go-to resource.
Twins' four errors make it an easy day for Kluber, Cleveland

Twins' four errors make it an easy day for Kluber, Cleveland

Their error total reached 114, far and away most in the American League.
Mauer's RBI single wins it for Twins over Cleveland in 12 innings

Mauer's RBI single wins it for Twins over Cleveland in 12 innings

The Twins mustered a 12th-inning rally - and Joe Mauer's second career walk-off hit - after some fine work by their pitchers.
Dozier homerless but Buxton's speed, bat leads to Twins win

Dozier homerless but Buxton's speed, bat leads to Twins win

Byron Buxton scored from second base on an infield error and banged a home run as the Twins won for the first time in their last eight games against Kansas City,
One bad pitch ruins Berrios' day in return to Twins

One bad pitch ruins Berrios' day in return to Twins

With the Twins up 4-2 and two out in the fifth inning of the Labor Day matinée against Kansas City, Kendrys Morales got ahead in the count 2-0 and then pounced on a changeup from Jose Berrios, smashing it so far, right fielder Logan Schafer didn't bother to turn around and watch it sail into orbit.
Dozier's three home runs not nearly enough as Twins fall to Royals

Dozier's three home runs not nearly enough as Twins fall to Royals

The Twins' constant losing is making it tough for him to savor his power exploits.
Offenses rule as White Sox outslug Twins

Offenses rule as White Sox outslug Twins

The Twins couldn't hold on to a four-run lead in a 13-11, 12-inning loss, or win a series at Target Field.
Grand slam, curtain call cap Buxton's return to Twins

Grand slam, curtain call cap Buxton's return to Twins

Buxton homered in three of the four games vs. the White Sox and is 9-for-16 with six extra-base hits and has struck out only once since his return from Class AAA.
Dozier, Kepler go deep but Twins sink deeper with 13th straight loss

Dozier, Kepler go deep but Twins sink deeper with 13th straight loss

Brian Dozier's 13th home run of the month came in the eighth inning, when the Twins had all but guaranteed a 13th straight loss.
Twins call up Buxton; Santana likely done for season

Twins call up Buxton; Santana likely done for season

With Danny Santana on the disabled list and Robbie Grossman nursing a sore oblique, "we need another body here in the short term," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Dozier's leadoff home run spoiled, Twins lose 12th straight

Dozier's leadoff home run spoiled, Twins lose 12th straight

The Twins proceeded to go backward after Brian Dozier belted the first pitch of Tuesday's game into the seats.
Escobar endures a yo-yo season for Twins

Escobar endures a yo-yo season for Twins

Eduardo Escobar this season has been the victim of slow starts, both his own and his team's.
Logan Schafer excited by Twins' call to return to big leagues

Logan Schafer excited by Twins' call to return to big leagues

At nearly 30, he's the oldest outfielder on the team by more than three years.
Twins make miserable history as losing streak hits 10 games

Twins make miserable history as losing streak hits 10 games

Josh Donaldson hit three home runs as the Twins blew another lead and approached a dubious major league record.
Danny Santana lands on disabled list after first-inning collision

Danny Santana lands on disabled list after first-inning collision

Danny Santana used his right hand to pull his shirt over his left shoulder as he dressed after the Twins' 9-6 loss to the Blue Jays. It didn't go well.
Twins notes: Santiago thumb injury has bothered him for months

Twins notes: Santiago thumb injury has bothered him for months

Hector Santiago played catch Friday for the first time in a week, then threw a bullpen session Saturday, and believes the bruise has healed
Twins plan to restructure front office; new GM won't be top executive

Twins plan to restructure front office; new GM won't be top executive

The Twins will hire a presidential-level executive who will have authority over all baseball decisions yet be freed from the day-to-day particulars of the GM job. That person will then hire a GM.
It continues: Twins lose eighth straight, 15-8 to homer-happy Blue Jays

It continues: Twins lose eighth straight, 15-8 to homer-happy Blue Jays

Toronto slugged four home runs, all with runners on base.
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.
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