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


Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 6 FINAL
Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein 8
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani 2
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: D. Haren 6
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 5
Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 5
Boston - LP: W. Miley 7 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 18
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 6
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 3
Kansas City - LP: E. Volquez 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 5
Texas - WP: N. Feliz 5 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: J. Alvarez 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: T. Clippard 6
Los Angeles - LP: S. Baker 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: B. Morrow 3
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 8 FINAL
Arizona - LP: J. Hellickson 0
San Francisco 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Olson 2
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 4 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: C. Shreve 6
Cleveland 101 FINAL
Boston 93
LA Clippers 114 FINAL
San Antonio 105
Toronto 94 FINAL
Washington 125
Houston 109 FINAL
Dallas 121
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Montreal 2 FINAL
Ottawa 0
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
Orlando City 0
Portland 0 FINAL
Seattle 1


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