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.
The Twins have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training for starting pitcher Samuel Deduno, who could have left as a free agent after being taken off the 40-man roster last week.
Deduno, 29, arrived in camp on a minor league deal this year and began the season at Class AAA Rochester before going 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts for the Twins.
Deduno has long struggled with his control, but he was able to harness it enough to give the Twins eight quality starts -- at least six innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed.
“He was frustrated when he was taken off the roster because he felt like he’d earned a spot, but he understands,” said Deduno’s agent, Paul Kinzer. “He feels like he’s going to come in [to spring training] and earn a spot in the rotation.”
The Twins removed Deduno, P.J. Walters and Esmerling Vasquez from the 40-man roster because they plan to add new players in coming weeks. Walters has since re-signed on a minor league deal, and like Deduno, Vasquez, who went 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in six starts with the Twins, has agreed to terms on a minor league deal.
The Twins plan to announce the Deduno and Vasquez deals as soon as the contracts are officially signed.
|Seattle||5||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||3||Bottom 4th Inning|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - F. Garcia|
|Cincinnati - J. Cueto||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - S. Marcum|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||6:10 PM|
|Miami - A. Sanabia|
|Minnesota - K. Correia||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - J. Teheran|
|Oakland - B. Colon||7:05 PM|
|Texas - J. Lindblom|
|Los Angeles - C. Kershaw||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo|
|Boston - J. Lester||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - D. Axelrod|
|Kansas City - J. Guthrie||7:10 PM|
|Houston - D. Keuchel|
|Arizona - P. Corbin||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - J. Garland|
|St. Louis - S. Miller||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Marquis|
|Washington - Z. Duke||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - R. Vogelsong|