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: Venezuelan Night for the Twins

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: September 3, 2013 - 5:30 PM

HOUSTON -- The formula is pretty simple for Pedro Hernandez, his manager said Tuesday. "Get ahead in the count. If he gets behind, he doesn't have overpowering stuff and he gets in trouble," Ron Gardenhire said of the fill-in starter, who makes his eighth start of the season tonight in Minute Maid Park.

Hernandez is one of those guys who puts the lie to won-loss records; he's 3-1 as a starter, but his ERA is an unsightly 6.19. His last start for the Twins was on June 23, when he beat the Indians in Cleveland as a stand-in for Mike Pelfrey.

The Twins will use an all-Venezuelan battery tonight, with Josmil Pinto catching his countryman. Pinto and Hernandez were born 12 days and less than 100 miles apart in northern Venezuela in 1989, and both signed pro contracts in 2006.

But it's another Venezuelan making news for the Twins tonight -- Oswaldo Arcia is back in the lineup, after playing just once in the last 13 games. His sore wrist is health again, the Twins believe, so he'll be in right field and bat seventh.

Here are tonight's lineups for game five of a six-game trip to Texas:


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

Hernandez LHP


Grossman DH
Altuve 2B
Crowd LF
Carter 1B
Wallace 3B
Hoes RF
Barnes CF
Villar SS
Clark C

Cosart RHP


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Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
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Boston College 0 FINAL
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Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
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Columbus 3
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Minnesota 3
NY Islanders 2 FINAL(OT)
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Arizona 1
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Edmonton 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
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Michigan 78 FINAL
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UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Texas 79
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Boise State 91
Nevada 61 FINAL
Colorado State 68
San Diego State 76
Wyoming 61 FINAL
Utah State 57
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