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.

Postgame: Willingham haunts Cleveland; Mauer loses ground in batting race

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 19, 2012 - 10:44 PM

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Chris Perez has publicly criticized team management for failing to sign Josh Willingham last offseason, and Willingham continues to rub salt in the wound. He went 4-for-5 with his 35th home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 6-4 victory, which gave him 110 RBI for the season, including 19 against Cleveland.

How close did Willingham come to signing with Cleveland before inking his three-year, $21 million deal with the Twins?

“Basically, to make a long story short, I was looking for three years, and I had two teams that offered me three years,” Willingham said. “Cleveland wasn’t one of them.”


Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with a walk, lowering his batting average at .324. Miguel Cabrera stayed at .333 after going 1-for-3 with his 41st home run.

In the eighth inning, Mauer lined a ball to left field, and third base umpire Mike Muchlinski originally ruled the ball landed for a hit, even though Vinny Rottino appeared to make the catch. Indians manager Manny Acta came out to argue. The umpires conferred and overturned the call, and replays showed that Joe West’s crew got it right.


The bullpen pitched seven innings in Tuesday’s 6-5, 12-inning victory, so Manager Ron Gardenhire leaned on righthander Alex Burnett and lefthander Tyler Robertson for the setup work Wednesday.

Burnett pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning but ran into trouble in the eighth. Robertson entered and gave up a two-out, RBI to Michael Brantley that trimmed the lead to 6-4. That was the first hit for a lefthanded batter off Robertson since Josh Hamilton got one on Aug. 23.

Robertson rebounded by striking out Travis Hafner to end the eighth, and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his second save in two nights.


Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon 5 FINAL
Toronto - WP: B. Cecil 6
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 12 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 3
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 4 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 5
San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup 7
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 6
Miami - LP: M. Latos 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 5
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 0 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 4
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0
Oakland - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 0
Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: C. Heston 4
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 3 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 6
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 1 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3
Washington 93 FINAL
Toronto 86
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Golden State 106
Milwaukee 91 FINAL
Chicago 103
Dallas 108 FINAL
Houston 118
Minnesota 1 FINAL
St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Winnipeg 1 FINAL
Anaheim 2
Houston 1 FINAL
D.C. 1
Orlando City 0 FINAL
Columbus 3
Toronto FC 0 2nd Half 25:00
FC Dallas 3
Seattle 3 FINAL
Colorado 1
Vancouver FC 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 0
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: What are your plans for the Twins' home opener?

Weekly Question