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.

Twins' pitching future on display today in minors

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 5, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Pretty strong group of pitchers working today in the Twins' minor-league system, especially when you consider two of them have major-league experience.

Samuel Deduno, out for a month with a groin strain, was activated today by the Twins, and he'll make his 2013 debut for the Rochester Red Wings at Columbus this afternoon. To make room on the roster, the Twins released outfielder Brandon Boggs, who was hitting .184 in 21 games. (Liam Hendriks won last night's game, by the way, and Clete Thomas and Jeff Clement each homered twice.)

In Portland, Maine, top prospect Alex Meyer starts for New Britain. In Fort Myers, Fla., Cole De Vries, recovering from a forearm strain, makes his first rehab start for the Miracle against Tampa. And in South Bend, Ind., Jose Berrios is on the mound for Cedar Rapids.

The Twins will use Mike Pelfrey here at Progressive Field, and Ron Gardenhire said before the game that he was encouraged by the righthander's last start, though he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Pelfrey has never faced the Indians.

Justin Morneau was in Gardenhire's original lineup as the first baseman, but the manager changed his mind when Morneau mentioned he had a little soreness in his legs. He'll serve as DH instead, with Chris Parmelee moving to first base and Oswaldo Arcia, originally set to DH, moving to right field instead.

It's getaway day for the Twins, who depart for Boston immediately after the game. They're 1-4 on this trip, and are trying to avoid their first three-game sweep by the Indians since Sept. 2011.

The lineups:

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

Pelfrey RHP

Brantley LF
Kipnis 2B
Cabrera SS
Swisher DH
Reynolds 1B
Santana C
Raburn RF
Chisenhall 3B
Stubbs CF

Kluber RHP


St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 Top 9th Inning
Los Angeles 3
Colorado 5 Top 7th Inning
San Diego 4
Milwaukee 8 Bottom 8th Inning
Cincinnati 5
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: What are you following most closely right now?

Weekly Question