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.

Rangers need rest as 4-game series opens

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 25, 2013 - 5:37 PM

The Rangers' 11-3 victory over the Angels last night ended at 10:27 p.m. in Anaheim, two time zones away. The team packed up and hustled to the airport, but didn't land in Minneapolis until 6 a.m. Central Time. It was 6:45 when their bus arrived at their downtown hotel, and most players got to their rooms around 7.

So don't be surprised if the Rangers yawn a lot during tonight's game.

"It's a tough travel day, it is. But it's more or less a mind-over-matter situation," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "It's on the schedule, so you come and try to play, do the best you can, then get a good night's rest."

Washington cancelled batting practice, and told his players they didn't have to show up at Target Field until 4 p.m. "But of course, at 2 o'clock, most of these guys were in the clubhouse," he said.

Neither side expects it to be a major factor today -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said his experience is that players find the energy to play on short rest, but it's the next day where the lack of sleep hits you -- but the Twins, better rested this month than any team in baseball thanks to the weather, will take any advantage they can get. Minnesota went 2-8 against the Rangers last year and was swept in three games in Target Field.

The Twins are 250-253 all-time against the Rangers, by the way.

Tonight's lineups include another start for Oswaldo Arcia, the rookie who hit his first career home run on Tuesday. That puts Ryan Doumit on the bench again, which Gardenhire acknowledged probably isn't too popular with the regular DH.

"I'm sure he's about to bite a bat in half," Gardenhire said.

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Berkman DH
Beltre 3B
Pierzynski C
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Moreland 1B
Martin CF

Tepesch P

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

Worley P 


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