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.

Pregame: Torii's turn to afflict Twins?

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, On the road Updated: June 14, 2013 - 3:59 PM

 

Somehow, I have a nagging feeling that Torii Hunter is due for a big weekend here at Target Field.

Call it a hunch. But after watching Denard Span go 4-for-6 last weekend against the Twins, and Ben Revere drive them nuts with an 8-for-14 series, it just seems like Shark Week, with ex-Twins centerfielders as the sharks.

If Rich Becker shows up with the White Sox next week, I'll know for sure.

Hunter is a career .296 hitter against the Twins, with seven home runs. He's only got two homers this year, though.

Anyway, the beat-up Twins are feeling OK about themselves, and now they have a chance to keep the A.L. Central race close. The Tigers are 6 1/2 games ahead, but have a 14-18 record on the road. And Minnesota misses both 8-4 Justin Verlander and 9-0 Max Scherzer in this series.

Reminder: Tonight's game is a late start (7:35 p.m.) because of the Twins Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Eddie Guardado and Tom Mee.

Here are tonight's lineups, with Josh Willingham serving as the designated hitter once more:

 

TIGERS

Jackson CF
Hunter RF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Martinez DH
Peralta SS
Tuiasosopo LF
Infante 2B
Avila C

Porcello RHP

TWINS

Carroll 3B
Mauer C
Doumit RF
Willingham DH
Morneau 1B
Arcia 1B
Thomas CF
Dozier 2B
Florimon SS

Diamond LHP

 

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