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.

Hicks moves down to 8th in Twins' lineup

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 16, 2013 - 5:27 PM

UPDATE: Darin Mastroianni's left ankle, which he injured during the final week of spring training last month, has flared up again, the Twins say. He's day-to-day, but he's been scratched from tonight's lineup, leaving the Twins down to two bench players: Jamey Carroll and Eduardo Escobar. 

It also moves Brian Dozier up to the leadoff spot, moves Wilkin Ramirez out to left field (rather than serving as DH on his first night back from paternity leave) and forces Ryan Doumit, being given a night off against a left-handed pitcher, into the lineup as DH. And at the bottom of the lineup, Aaron Hicks moves down one spot to eighth in the order.

Manager Ron Gardenhire has changed his lineup, moving Aaron Hicks out of the leadoff spot for the first time. With Josh Willingham still sick, Hicks can move down and Darin Mastroianni, the team's other frequent leadoff hitter, can play left and lead off.

It's also the first time the Twins have used a cleanup hitter other than Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit or Willingham. And Wilkin Ramirez is in the lineup after returning from the birth of his daughter on Sunday.

TWINS

Dozier 2B

Mauer C

Morneau 1B

Plouffe 3B

Doumit DH

Parmelee RF

Ramirez LF

Hicks CF

Florimon SS

 

Pelfrey P

 

 ANGELS

BourjosCF

Trout LF

Pujols DH

Hamilton RF

Trumbo 1B

Kendrick 2B

Iannetta C

Jimenez 2B

Romine SS

 

Vargas P

 

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