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.

Arcia, batting seventh, gives Parmelee a rest tonight

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 17, 2013 - 5:00 PM

UPDATE: Tonight's Twins game with the L.A. Angels at Target Field has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

The teams took batting practice, but the Angels cut theirs short just as the rain began to pick up. The tarp came onto the field around 6:35 p.m. The game was called shortly after.

Both teams have Thursday off. However, six inches of snow in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned.


Oswaldo Arcia arrived this morning from Rochester, and he's right back in the Twins' lineup tonight, assuming the rain holds off long enough to get the game in at Target Field. Arcia will be in right field, giving Chris Parmelee, 1-for-11 in his last three games, a night off. Gardenhire said he wants to give Arcia as much playing time as possible during Darin Mastroianni's stint on the disabled list, but fitting four outfielders in three spots will require some juggling.

Also back in the Twins' outfield tonight: Josh Willingham, who came in early and told manager Ron Gardenhire he absolutely wanted to play after missing two games with the stomach flu.

"You're going to have to give some guys some breaks," Gardenhire said of his four-outfielder conundrum, which may require occasionally using one as designated hitter. "We're going to mix them around. We'll just kind of figure it out. It's never a bad problem to have enough good hitters, and [Arcia] is a good hitter."

Brian Dozier remains in the leadoff spot, after collecting two hits and a walk there Tuesday night.

Weather forecasts call for lots of rain tonight, but it's not clear when the precipitation will begin. The Twins hope it holds off until 10 o'clock or so, and fully intend to start on time at 7:10. We'll see if they're successful.

Tonight's lineups, as the Twins go for their first sweep of the Angels since 2009:

Shuck LF
Trout CF
Pujols DH
Hamilton RF
Trumbo 1B
Kendrick 2B
Iannetta C
Harris SS
Jimenez 3B

Hanson P

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

Worley P 


Cincinnati - WP: M. Lorenzen 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 1
Miami - WP: M. Latos 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 1
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Estrada 3
Philadelphia - LP: C. Billingsley 0 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: S. Miller 9
Baltimore - LP: B. Norris 2 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3
Tampa Bay - LP: D. Smyly 0 FINAL
Boston - WP: R. Porcello 2
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 8 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 2
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas 5
Detroit - LP: S. Greene 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Samardzija 5
Oakland - WP: J. Chavez 2 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1
Texas - WP: W. Rodriguez 7 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Harris 7
Arizona 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Seattle - LP: D. Leone 4 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: H. Street 5
San Diego - LP: A. Cashner 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 6
Washington 90 FINAL
Atlanta 106
Memphis 97 FINAL
Golden State 90
Chicago 1 FINAL
Minnesota 0
Anaheim 3 FINAL(OT)
Calgary 4
San Jose 1 FINAL
Houston 0
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