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.

Photo day, new caps and a new number for Dozier

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, On the road Updated: February 19, 2013 - 8:58 AM

This morning was picture day for the Twins, the day when the teams tries to take care of all the entities who need photos of the players all at once. The scoreboard operation people are here, the baseball card people, several media outlets, MLB, all to get updated shots of each of the nearly 70 guys in camp.


Each player puts on his game uniform and goes station to station, about 10 in all, and spends 30 seconds to a minute at each. It's quite an assembly line, and like the autograph seekers, the photographers tend to ask more of the stars. Swing the bat, Joe. Stop on your follow-through, Justin. Pretend you're doing a pickoff move, Glen. It's entertaining to watch.


The Twins are wearing their white-front batting practice caps for the first time this spring, the same ones they'll wear before games at Target Field this summer. They had been wearing red caps during the first week; those are for batting practice on the road once the season starts. Available at all Twins gift shops, I'm sure. I was getting used to the red ones, but I'm not crazy about the white. They really look odd when several players are standing together. (You can see the white cap on my Twitter account, @MillerStrib.)

Speaking of uniforms, that Brian Dozier No. 20 jersey you bought last year is obsolete now. With Denard Span traded to Washington, Dozier has adopted his old No. 2, a better fit for a guy who is fighting to become the regular second baseman.


"I hated 20, so of course that's what I got" when he first arrived, Dozier said. "It wasn't a big deal, a jersey's a jersey, but I wanted to change."

The Twins actually wanted him to change, too, because they have so many pitchers -- 35 now -- in camp this spring. They don't have many numbers available (with retired numbers, all the extra staff members, and so many minor leaguers around), and didn't want to give a pitcher a single-digit number. So they asked Dozier to switch, "a win-win for me," said the Mississippi native, who wore 12 and 4 in college and the minors. "Two is good. Maybe Denard's number has a little more magic in it."


So update your rosters: New reliever Josh Roenicke is now wearing No. 20, though he was first assigned 56. But that went to Rafael Perez when he signed with the Twins last week.

One other note: Add one and possibly two more players to the Twins' WBC contingent. Samuel Deduno has been added to the starting rotation for the Dominican Republic, and will leave March 3 with the other WBC Twins. And Jamey Carroll, according to the Twins, is on Team USA's reserve list, available for call-up should someone suffer an injury. That brings the list to 12 Twins, and possibly 13, headed to the World Baseball Classic next month.

Drills have begun now, and we'll see some more live batting practice sessions today featuring Kevin Correia, Brian Duensing, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Vance Worley, and Glen Perkins, among others. I hesitate to mention it, knowing what's going on in Minnesota today, but the weather has warmed up considerably here; it's 67 and sunny now, headed for the mid-70s. Stay warm.

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