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' Hoffman meets his boss -- eventually

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 22, 2014 - 9:52 AM

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Funny moment this morning in the Twins' clubhouse. I was chatting with Terry Ryan (who looks great, by the way) near the trainers' room, and Matt Hoffman walks by. Ryan stops him as he walks past, and says to the relief pitcher, "I don't think we've met. I'm Terry."

    Hoffman was polite, stopped and shook hands, nice to meet you, all that, but clearly had no idea who he was talking to. Just some middle-aged gentleman in a golf cap, right? After a couple moments of small talk, he started to turn into the trainers' room when Ryan said, "I'm the general manager."

    Oooooh, that Terry. Suddenly, Hoffman had plenty of time to chat, and he gave a much more in-depth account of how he's pitching. They talked for two or three minutes, getting acquainted.

    When Hoffman returned to his locker, I asked if he really didn't know his boss. "No clue," he said with a smile. He had been signed by minor-league director Brad Steil, and had never met Ryan. "Seems like a nice guy, though," he said.

    Anyway, to today's game: A sellout crowd is expected, the first in Hammond Stadium history. And a full contingent of media will be here, too, including the throngs of Japanese reporters and photographers who follow Masahiro Tanaka everywhere he goes. Tanaka starts for the Yankees, and he may be just about the only recognizable name in New York's lineup. The veterans don't generally make the 2-hour bus ride from Tampa, so Brett Gardner may represent all the star power the Yankees lineup can muster today. The Twins, meanwhile, are rolling out their likely Opening Day starters again.

    Here are those lineups:


Gardner DH

Nunez SS

Johnson 1B

Cervelli C

Sizemore 3B

Anna 2B

Almonte RF

Wheeler LF

Richardson CF


Tanaka RHP



Dozier 2B

Suzuki C

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Kubel DH

Plouffe 3B

Arcia RF

Hicks CF

Florimon SS


Correia RHP


Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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