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.

Dozier asked for advice from on-deck circle

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 7, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Trevor Plouffe was headed to the dugout Saturday night after being replaced by a pinch-runner, when Brian Dozier stopped him on the on-deck circle. It's a little unusual to do an emergency consultation on the field, but Darren O'Day's sidearm delivery made it necessary.

"You don't see sidearm pitching a lot, and I've never seen O'Day," Dozier explained Sunday morning. "I really wanted to know how his curveball moves -- [with] some guys, it's sharp, and sometimes it's sweeping. Trevor saw five pitches, so I stopped and asked him."

The infielders do that a lot, Dozier said, though usually on the bench. Dozier and Plouffe traded notes on O'Day after Dozier's at-bat, too, for future reference.

Plouffe's observations helped, Dozier said, though he ended up striking out because O'Day only threw one curveball. "He pretty much threw me all sliders," Dozier said.

At least he's ready in case the Twins see O'Day today, in the series finale. Minnesota, 3-2 on the season and tied for first place in the A.L. Central, will attempt to win its second straight series, but must rely on a pitcher making just his second big-league appearance. Pedro Hernandez, who dealt with his nervous energy in the clubhouse by playing bongo drums on his iPad, is auditioning to stick around for awhile -- "I'm willing to consider his results," general manager Terry Ryan said -- though the rotation is about to get a little more crowded. Down in Bradenton, Fla., Scott Diamond makes his final tune-up start, pitching for Class A Fort Myers, and manager Ron Gardenhire said if all goes well, Diamond will start Friday against the Mets.

So here are today's lineups, featuring ex-Twin Alexi Casilla batting ninth for the Orioles. Chris Parmelee, who homered last night, gets a day off against Baltimore righthander Jason Hammel, whose career numbers against right-handers -- they bat .277 against him -- are basically the same as against lefthanders (.275):

TWINS
Hicks CF
Mauer C
Willingham LF
Morneau 1B
Doumit DH
Plouffe 3B
Ramirez RF
Dozier 2B
Florimon SS

Hernandez P

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Machado 3B
Davis 1B
Jones CF
Pearce DH
Hardy SS
Reimold LF
Teagarden C
Casilla 2B

Hammel P 

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Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland 4 Top 7th Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 7 Bottom 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 13 Bottom 8th Inning
Houston 3
Chicago Cubs 7 Bottom 9th Inning
St. Louis 2
Colorado 0 Top 6th Inning
Arizona 0
Oakland 0 Top 4th Inning
LA Angels 0
Los Angeles 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 1
Washington 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Seattle 2
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Francisco 3
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 4th Qtr 3:30
Western Ky 52
TX-San Antonio 14 3rd Qtr
Houston 0
Colorado State 7 3rd Qtr 9:38
Colorado 17
UNLV 0 1st Qtr 5:30
Arizona 0
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 2 2nd Half
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 31 3rd Qtr
Phoenix 42
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