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.

Rain in forecast for matchup of lefthanders

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: September 14, 2013 - 4:17 PM

    Rain is on the way, perhaps as soon as sundown (not that we can see it through the overcast skies), so a fast game tonight is advised. The left-handers on the mound might be able to provide one.

    Andrew Albers gave up only four hits in seven innings during his last start, and he's had two other scoreless outings in his seven-game major-league career. And Matt Moore has given up one run or fewer in six of his last eight starts; he's 15-3 and hasn't lost a game since mid-June. Of course, he missed August with elbow soreness, but with an ERA of 0.77 since he returned, the pain doesn't seem to be a problem anymore.

    The Twins have a little more firepower in their lineup than they did last night, with Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and Chris Colabello all starting again. Doumit bats third because, as manager Ron Gardenhire points out, he's been OK batting right-handed; his .283 average and .338 on-base percentage are markedly better than his left-handed numbers.

    Chris Herrmann will catch, despite the lefty on the mound and the presence of right-handed-hitting Josmil Pinto on the roster, because he is so experienced catching Albers. Gardenhire likes the combination well enough to give up a little offense at the position. And Brian Dozier makes his first appearance at the No. 2 slot, where Gardenhire has said a few times he particularly likes his second baseman, since July 10.

    A notable change in Tampa Bay's lineup, too: former Twin Delmon Young, who turns 28 today, bats sixth as the DH for the Rays.

    Tonight's lineups:



Jennings CF

Johnson 2B

Longoria 3B

Myers RF

Loney 1B

Young DH

Rodriguez LF

Lobaton C

Escobar SS


Moore LHP




Presley CF

Dozier 2B

Doumit DH

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Willingham LF

Colabello 1B

Herrmann C

Florimon SS


Albers LHP


Team Irvin 7:15 PM
Team Carter
Miami 83 4th Qtr 7:49
Chicago 72
Oklahoma City 2:30 PM
Dallas 5:00 PM
New Orleans
Indiana 5:00 PM
LA Clippers 5:00 PM
Minnesota 5:00 PM
Detroit 6:00 PM
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Boston 7:00 PM
Golden State
Washington 7:00 PM
Houston 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Team Toews 4:00 PM
Team Foligno
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 59 2nd Half 2:51
Georgia Tech 54
Virginia 48 2nd Half 2:47
Virginia Tech 45
Indiana 38 2nd Half 15:35
Ohio State 48
Stony Brook 32 2nd Half
Binghamton 26
Cincinnati 27 1st Half 1:50
UCF 21
Maine 29 2nd Half
Hartford 26
Monmouth 33 2nd Half
Manhattan 40
Fairfield 26 2nd Half
Marist 25
Rowan 20 2nd Half
Princeton 46
St Bonaventure 20 2nd Half
Rhode Island 24
Duke 34 1st Half 2:48
St Johns 35
Saint Peters 32 2nd Half
Siena 25
Drake 19 2nd Half
Wichita State 36
Vermont 31 2nd Half
UMass Lowell 25
Seton Hall 2:00 PM
NJIT 2:05 PM
South Alabama
Northern Iowa 3:00 PM
Illinois State
Louisville 3:00 PM
UMBC 3:30 PM
Niagara 3:30 PM
Notre Dame 5:30 PM
NC State
Belmont 5:30 PM
Tennessee St
Creighton 6:00 PM
Northwestern 6:30 PM
Washington 7:30 PM
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 53 2nd Half 0:28
Alabama 51
Lafayette 49 2nd Half 3:55
Lehigh 55
UCF 28 1st Half 0:40
SMU 25
Utah 21 2nd Half
Washington 31
James Madison 35 2nd Half
Coll of Charleston 28
Delaware 21 2nd Half
Drexel 32
Hofstra 31 2nd Half
William & Mary 38
Hartford 32 2nd Half
Albany 35
Binghamton 26 2nd Half
Stony Brook 29
Towson 37 2nd Half
UNC-Wilmington 30
Wake Forest 42 2nd Half
(17) Florida State 51
Georgia Tech 30 2nd Half
Virginia 32
(22) Georgia 25 2nd Half
(5) Tennessee 30
Drake 38 2nd Half
Evansville 23
Iona 44 2nd Half
Canisius 32
Fairfield 16 2nd Half
Monmouth 28
Northwestern 36 2nd Half
Penn State 41
Wisconsin 34 2nd Half
Michigan State 33
Ohio State 25 2nd Half
Purdue 22
Northern Iowa 32 2nd Half
Indiana State 22
Butler 21 1st Half 11:28
Xavier 14
Creighton 2:00 PM
Northeastern 2:00 PM
(2) Connecticut 2:00 PM
Oregon 2:00 PM
NC State 2:00 PM
(23) Syracuse
(7) Maryland 2:00 PM
Illinois State 2:05 PM
Missouri State
Colorado 3:00 PM
Washington St
Tulane 3:00 PM
South Florida
(14) Kentucky 3:00 PM
Providence 3:00 PM
(9) Oregon State 3:00 PM
(13) Arizona State
Bradley 3:00 PM
Vermont 3:30 PM
UMass Lowell
Iowa State 3:30 PM
(8) Texas
Southern Ill 3:45 PM
Wichita State
(15) Duke 4:00 PM
(12) North Carolina
Miami-Florida 4:00 PM
(4) Louisville
(21) Minnesota 4:15 PM
(25) Rutgers
California 5:00 PM
(11) Stanford 7:00 PM


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