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


New England 5:30 PM
Miami 27 2nd Qtr 11:13
Boston 17
LA Lakers 1:00 PM
New York
Arizona 0 1st Prd 6:53
Montreal 2
St. Louis 1 1st Prd 3:44
Washington 1
Nashville 1:00 PM
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Miami-Florida 38 2nd Half 17:02
Florida State 34
Oakland 58 2nd Half 17:31
Youngstown St 44
Cincinnati 19 1st Half 3:02
East Carolina 18
Michigan 19 1st Half 4:10
Michigan State 18
Marist 1:00 PM
Fordham 1:00 PM
Manhattan 1:00 PM
Quinnipiac 1:00 PM
Utah 1:30 PM
Connecticut 2:00 PM
California 2:00 PM
North Dakota St 2:00 PM
Western Ill
Penn State 47 2nd Half 9:23
(22) Rutgers 46
(14) Texas 19 1st Half 4:13
TCU 22
Coll of Charleston 14 1st Half 3:02
Towson 31
Cornell 14 1st Half 11:07
Yale 13
Xavier 26 1st Half 2:15
Providence 24
Drexel 33 1st Half 2:32
UNC-Wilmington 24
Stony Brook 19 1st Half 2:58
New Hampshire 11
Maine 16 1st Half 0:27
Albany 16
Miami-Florida 27 1st Half 3:20
Pittsburgh 26
(21) Georgia 13 1st Half 6:50
(10) Kentucky 28
Arizona 25 1st Half 1:31
Colorado 39
Wake Forest 23 1st Half 4:17
(4) Notre Dame 37
Loyola-Chicago 21 1st Half 4:26
Illinois State 30
(24) Oklahoma 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Butler 1:00 PM
St Johns 1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Delaware 1:00 PM
Binghamton 1:00 PM
UMass Lowell
Vermont 1:00 PM
William & Mary 1:00 PM
Boston College 1:00 PM
(16) North Carolina
Virginia 1:00 PM
(2) Connecticut 1:00 PM
Arkansas 1:00 PM
Virginia Tech 1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Kansas 1:00 PM
(3) Baylor
Canisius 1:00 PM
Monmouth 1:00 PM
Quinnipiac 1:00 PM
Saint Peters
Wichita State 1:05 PM
Evansville 1:05 PM
Indiana State
(18) Miss State 2:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
Villanova 2:00 PM
Georgetown 2:00 PM
North Texas 2:00 PM
Auburn 2:00 PM
(12) Texas A&M
(11) Arizona State 2:00 PM
Missouri State 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa
Michigan 2:00 PM
(15) Nebraska
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Wisconsin 2:00 PM
Bradley 2:05 PM
Southern Ill
Florida 3:00 PM
(20) Iowa 3:00 PM
(5) Maryland
(1) South Carolina 3:30 PM
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