Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Morneau, Mauer both sitting tonight

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: August 29, 2011 - 5:15 PM

CHICAGO --  Justin Morneau jammed his left shoulder diving for a ball in Sunday's game and woke up stiff and sore Monday, so he's not in tonight's lineup as the Twins begin a three-game series against the White Sox.

"Sometimes you land a little funny, and we’ll see what happens," Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Hopefully he’ll be playing tomorrow."

Joe Mauer (sore neck) is not in the lineup for the sixth straight game. Describing the injury today, he said he hyper-extended his neck when he tried to catch that pop fly against the Orioles last Tuesday. He plans to take batting practice with the team tonight and hopes to be available to pinch hit off the bench.

Michael Cuddyer (sore wrist) and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (strained oblique) are both back in the lineup.

Alexi Casilla (strained hamstring) is beginning a rehab assignment tonight with Class A Fort Myers. He was going to join Class AAA Rochester but Hurricane Irene made it difficult getting him to Buffalo, N.Y.

Slowey vs. Buehrle

Kevin Slowey will make his third start of the year tonight, facing a White Sox team that sits six games behind the first-place Tigers in the AL Central.

Slowey is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA in two starts, with two walks, seven strikeouts and 16 hits allowed in 10 1/3 innings. He kept the Orioles scoreless for the first four innings last Wednesday at Target Field before Baltimore chased him with five runs in the fifth.

The Twins will face longtime nemesis Mark Buehrle, who is 1-1 with a 0.39 ERA in three starts against the Twins this year.

TWINS (56-77)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, LF
3. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Luke Hughes, 2B
7. Jason Repko, RF
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Kevin Slowey (0-2, 6.84 ERA)

WHITE SOX (66-65)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Paul Konerko, 1B
4. Alex Rios, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, DH
6. Alejandro De Aza, RF
7. Tyler Flowers, C
8. Brent Morel, 3B
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Mark Buehrle (10-6, 3.19 ERA)

U.S. Cellular Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network


St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
San Diego 7
Milwaukee 8 FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81


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