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: Kubel moves into cleanup spot

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 2, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    CHICAGO -- The napkin proves what Ron Gardenhire has been saying: He hasn't settled on a lineup yet for the Twins, and might not for awhile.

    (There was some sort of technical glitch with the printer in the clubhouse, so coach Joe Vavra jotted the lineup on a napkin and taped it to the whiteboard. It was entertaining to watch ballplayers do a double-take as they passed by looking for the lineup.)

    One game after Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, the catcher has been shuffled five spots lower, with an ex-catcher taking his place. White Sox righthander Felipe Paulino is on the mound today, and Gardenhire moved Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham up a spot, batting second and third behind Brian Dozier.

    It's Paulino's first start as a member of the White Sox, and first appearance since June 6, 2012. Paulino missed all of last year after having elbow surgery.

    Jason Kubel is the cleanup hitter, and he's in the outfield, too, with Willingham spending the day as DH. It's a good day to stay warm in the dugout; the scoreboard currently reads 36 degrees, and there's a steady wind blowing toward right field. That's 30 degrees colder than Monday's game-time temperature.

    Brian Duensing will rejoin the Twins tonight after the birth of his son Boston on Monday, and the team will announce a corresponding move, presumably returning Michael Tonkin to Rochester, after today's game.

    Here are the lineups for the 1:10 p.m. start:



Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham DH

Kubel LF

Plouffe 3B

Arcia RF

Suzuki C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS


Correia RHP




Eaton CF

Semien 3B

Abreu 1B

Dunn DH

A Garcia RF

De Aza LF

Ramirez SS

Flowers C

L Garcia 2B


Paulino RHP


Atlanta 5 Bottom 3rd Inning
Toronto 0
Chicago WSox 0 Top 3rd Inning
Detroit 5
Miami 1 Bottom 4th Inning
NY Mets 0
NY Yankees 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Tampa Bay 2
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Washington 0
Baltimore 2 Bottom 1st Inning
Boston 3
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Pittsburgh 2
LA Angels - G. Richards 1:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Cleveland - T. House 1:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Oakland - S. Kazmir 1:10 PM
Kansas City - D. Duffy
San Diego - A. Cashner 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Lester
Arizona - J. Hellickson 3:05 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Colorado - E. Butler 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - B. McCarthy
Texas - R. Detwiler 3:10 PM
Seattle - J. Paxton
Cincinnati - M. Leake 7:05 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
Boston 2:00 PM
Brooklyn 4:30 PM
Portland 7:00 PM
San Antonio 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Washington 0 3rd Prd
NY Islanders 1
Nashville 2:00 PM
Montreal 6:00 PM
Vancouver 9:00 PM
New England 4:00 PM
Portland 6:00 PM
New York City


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