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: Mauer hitting off a tee in Target Field

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: September 2, 2013 - 1:07 PM

HOUSTON -- A few notes and tidbits before the Labor Day matinee in Minute Maid Park:

-- Joe Mauer is batting off a tee today in Target Field, and will take live batting practice tomorrow. So far, he's had no relapse, the Twins say, so he could come off the concussion disabled list this weekend.

-- Pedro Hernandez will start Tuesday's game here, unless they have no choice but to use him today, in a blowout or extra innings. It will be his eighth start of the year.

-- Kyle Gibson has been shut down for the year, after reaching 151 innings pitched this season. Said Terry Ryan, "we consider this season a success" for Gibson, who should have no inning restriction next year.

-- The Twins plan to announce September call-ups tomorrow, unless Rochester makes the playoffs this afternoon. Ron Gardenhire wouldn't say who will be on the list, though he said, "We need [Chris] Parmelee."

Here are today's lineups:


Presley CF
Mastroianni RF
Dozier 2B
Willingham DH
Plouffe 3B
Herrmann C
Colabello 1B
Thomas LF
Florimon SS

Albers LHP


Grossman LF
Altuve 2B
Castro C
Dominguez 3B
Carter 1B
Crowe RF
Barnes CF
Hoes DH
Villar SS

Clemens RHP


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Minnesota 94 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Houston 93 FINAL
Boston 87
Portland 99 FINAL
Atlanta 105
Sacramento 90 FINAL
Cleveland 101
Toronto 127 FINAL
Brooklyn 122
Dallas 93 FINAL
Miami 72
LA Clippers 103 FINAL
New Orleans 108
Golden State 100 FINAL
Utah 110
Chicago 93 FINAL
Phoenix 99
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Nashville 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Buffalo 2 FINAL
Vancouver 5
Chicago 4 FINAL
Anaheim 1
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Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 57 FINAL
Canisius 63
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
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Manhattan 87
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Niagara 61
Dartmouth 51 FINAL
Penn 58
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Arizona State 67
Yale 63 FINAL
Columbia 59
Monmouth 60 FINAL
Fairfield 59
Western Ill 63
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Arizona 57
Kent State 55 FINAL
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Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
Brown 52
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Yale 55
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Drexel 64
Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
Elon 60 FINAL
James Madison 89
(19) Princeton 96 FINAL
Harvard 46
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Georgia Tech 62
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Siena 62
Richmond 54 FINAL
Rhode Island 50
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Southern Ill 64
Georgetown 52 FINAL
DePaul 93
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Marquette 59
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Northern Iowa 51
Xavier 65 FINAL
Creighton 74
Bradley 58 FINAL
Illinois State 55
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Drake 94
Arizona 48 FINAL
Utah 62
(11) Arizona State 68 FINAL
Colorado 60
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