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.

Pregame: Colabello rejoins Twins for the weekend

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 8, 2013 - 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Chris Colabello was in the Twins' clubhouse this afternoon, the third time in three weeks he has been summoned to the big leagues. This time, though, he knows his time is limited.

To one day, actually.

Major-league rules allow teams to expand their rosters to 26 on days when they play a doubleheader, and while the rule is normally invoked to add a pitcher, the Twins already have a 13-man staff, plus an off day on Monday. So Ron Gardenhire chose to add another pinch-hitter to his bench for tomorrow's day-night doubleheader. Colabello, who will return to Rochester after tomorrow night's makeup of last night's rainout, can work out with the team today, but he cannot be in uniform or in the dugout during the game.

As for today's game, to be played under National League (no-DH) rules, Gardenhire has stacked his National League veterans at the top of the lineup. Jamey Carroll, a former Expo, Dodger and Rockie, is the leadoff hitter, and Ryan Doumit, an ex-Pirate and the Twins' hottest hitter, bats between Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham.

Willingham played here at Nationals Park in 2009 and 2010, and is apparently remembered fondly. Photos of (mostly) current Nationals line the wall outside the Nationals' clubhouse, and I noticed Willingham's portrait is among them.

Speaking of remembered fondly, Denard Span is atop the Nationals' lineup, and he sounded genuinely wistful about his Twins days before the game. He even took the Twins' P.R. staff to dinner Friday night. Aaron Hicks was supposed to join them, he said, but Hicks was asleep when he texted around 6:30 p.m. last night. Anyway, I'll have more on Span for tomorrow's paper.

Here are today's lineups for the 3 p.m. CT start -- Minnesota's first game in D.C. since July 19, 1971 -- with the Twins facing a left-handed starter for the first time since May 22:


Carroll 3B
Mauer C
Doumit RF
Willingham LF
Morneau 1B
Hicks CF
Dozier 2B
Florimon SS
Correia RHP


Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Anthony Rendon 2B
Roger Bernadina LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez LHP


Tampa 1 Top 7th Inning
Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 80 4th Qtr 6:15
Chicago 78
Cleveland 2:30 PM
Golden State 5:00 PM
Philadelphia 5:00 PM
Portland 5:00 PM
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Oklahoma City 5:30 PM
LA Lakers
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Los Angeles 3:00 PM
Tampa Bay 4:00 PM
Columbus 4:00 PM
Toronto 6:00 PM
Anaheim 7:00 PM
St. Louis 8:30 PM
SMU 26 2nd Half
Connecticut 32
Quinnipiac 34 2nd Half
Manhattan 37
Fairfield 32 2nd Half
Niagara 26
Marist 23 2nd Half
Rider 21
Iona 29 2nd Half
Saint Peters 38
Oregon State 2:00 PM
South Florida 0 1st Half 19:36
Houston 2
Marquette 2:30 PM
Michigan State 3:00 PM
Siena 3:30 PM
Pittsburgh 5:30 PM
Wake Forest
Oregon 6:00 PM
Purdue 6:30 PM
Ohio State
Arizona State 7:30 PM
Washington St 8:30 PM
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 50 FINAL
Elon 58 2nd Half 0:55
Hofstra 54
Virginia Tech 47 FINAL
Boston College 49
(8) Louisville 54 2nd Half 2:20
Virginia 65
Texas 64 1st OT 2:00
West Virginia 67
Creighton 53 FINAL
Villanova 61
Seton Hall 85 FINAL
Butler 76
UNC-Wilmington 76 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 65
(5) Maryland 69 FINAL
(25) Northwestern 48
Saint Josephs 67 FINAL
La Salle 55
Louisiana Tech 52 2nd Half 0:23
TX-San Antonio 60
Rhode Island 29 2nd Half
Massachusetts 38
Richmond 20 2nd Half 20:00
VA Commonwealth 23
Davidson 21 2nd Half 20:00
Fordham 31
St Bonaventure 25 2nd Half 19:04
Duquesne 27
George Mason 22 2nd Half
(22) George Washington 45
Indiana 26 2nd Half 20:00
(20) Rutgers 30
(12) Texas A&M 35 2nd Half
LSU 47
Ole Miss 16 2nd Half 20:00
(11) Miss State 28
Clemson 36 2nd Half 16:52
Pittsburgh 29
Maine 21 2nd Half 20:00
New Hampshire 28
Vermont 22 2nd Half
Albany 30
Quinnipiac 37 2nd Half
Monmouth 22
Saint Peters 31 2nd Half 16:16
Siena 32
(4) Notre Dame 39 2nd Half 19:36
NC State 31
Wisconsin 36 2nd Half 20:00
Penn State 24
Stony Brook 19 2nd Half
Hartford 24
Northeastern 22 2nd Half 17:35
William & Mary 39
St Johns 35 2nd Half 17:16
Xavier 32
James Madison 40 2nd Half 17:02
Delaware 44
Towson 2:00 PM
Illinois State 2:00 PM
Southern Ill 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa 2:00 PM
Wichita State
Minnesota 2:00 PM
(17) Iowa
(15) North Carolina 2:00 PM
(16) Duke
Alabama 2:00 PM
(9) Florida State 2:00 PM
Arkansas 2:00 PM
Georgia 2:00 PM
Dayton 2:00 PM
Saint Louis
Drake 2:05 PM
Missouri State
Colorado 3:00 PM
(10) Arizona State
(19) Stanford 3:00 PM
Marquette 3:00 PM
Southern Miss 3:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Vanderbilt 4:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
(2) South Carolina 4:00 PM
(13) Kentucky
Utah 4:00 PM
Ohio State 4:00 PM
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