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.

Coming to Twins game? Dress for ice fishing

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 15, 2014 - 5:37 PM

    It's Jackie Robinson Day all over baseball. Here in Minnesota, it's also one of those Metrodome Appreciation Nights we have every year, where we bundle up and wonder why anyone would play baseball in weather this cold.

    The Twins knew they were a little lucky last week, when the season-opening series with Oakland took place in 60-degree, and even 70-degree, temperatures. But just like last season, the mid-month games are running into some winter weather. It's 34 degrees at Target Field right now, and might drop into the 20s before tonight's game is over. The Twins took an abbreviated session of batting practice, but the Blue Jays chose to stick to the indoor batting cages.

    Joe Mauer -- one of the few Twins players whose vanity doesn't prevent him from wearing a baseball cap with ear flaps -- said it's just part of being in the Twins' system, because every level has games like this one in April. The coldest game he's ever been a part of, he said, was in Beloit, Wis., when he was playing for Quad Cities. "Twenty-five degrees at the start, wind whipping from the outfield, nobody in the stands," he said. "But we played."

    And he'll play tonight, too. Here are the lineups for the Twins' frigid series opener against the Blue Jays:

BLUE JAYS

 

Cabrera LF

Kawasaki 2B

Bautista CF

Lind DH

Encarnacion 1B

Navarro C

Sierra RF

Lawrie 3B

Goins SS

 

Morrow RHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Plouffe 3B

Colabello RF

Kubel LF

Pinto DH

Suzuki C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS

 

Hughes RHP

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