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.

Postgame: Gardenhire was sending message

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: September 15, 2013 - 8:05 PM

    Ron Gardenhire admitted something that few sports figures ever do on Sunday: That athletes read what's written about them.

    That's why he made it clear Saturday night how unhappy he was with his team's intensity, how disappointed he was that Tampa Bay was able to win with so little resistance, how he noticed that one team was hungry and the other was not. Those quotes were recorded, reported and printed. And, presumably, noticed in the clubhouse.

    "They read your articles, believe it or not," Gardenhire said to the assembled media after the game. "When you talk about stuff like this in the newspapers, about "one team's getting after it and one's not," these guys read the articles."

    Well, that explains a few things. "It's why I use and abuse you," he joked with reporters. "I think they read some stuff. I hope they did. That's the way you're supposed to play, right there" as they did in Sunday's 6-4 victory.

XXX

    It was a pretty lousy homestand, all things considered, with the Twins going 3-7, scoring only 28 runs in 10 games, and getting shut out three times. Since the Twins are 3-14 in their last 17 games at Target Field, maybe it's for the best they're headed to Chicago, where they took three out of four last month, and Oakland, where they are 6-5 over the past three years.

    Still, there's one interesting thread between the three wins this week: They came in games started by Jared Weaver, Jarrod Parker and David Price. Not a bad collection of pitchers.

XXX

    La Velle E. Neal III has the road trip, so check his blog, Twins Insider, daily for updates on the final road games, and follow him on Twitter: @LaVelleNeal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Miami - LP: T. Koehler 5 FINAL
Washington - WP: M. Scherzer 7
Arizona 13 Bottom 9th Inning
Colorado 7
San Diego 9 Bottom 9th Inning
San Francisco 1
Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - G. Cole
NY Yankees - C. Sabathia 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Buehrle
Philadelphia - J. Williams 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Foltynewicz
Baltimore - U. Jimenez 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. deGrom
Arizona - R. Ray 6:10 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Tampa Bay - A. Colome 6:10 PM
Boston - J. Masterson
Los Angeles - J. Wieland 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
Cleveland - C. Carrasco 7:10 PM
Kansas City - D. Duffy
Detroit - A. Simon 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Sale
Oakland - S. Kazmir 7:10 PM
Minnesota - K. Gibson
Texas - C. Lewis 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Deduno
Chicago Cubs - J. Lester 7:15 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
Seattle - R. Elias 9:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Chicago 6:00 PM
Cleveland
LA Clippers 8:30 PM
Houston
Montreal 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
NY Rangers 6:30 PM
Washington
Los Angeles 8:30 PM
Real Salt Lake
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are your plans for the Twins' home opener?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT