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: Kubel moves into cleanup spot

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 2, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    CHICAGO -- The napkin proves what Ron Gardenhire has been saying: He hasn't settled on a lineup yet for the Twins, and might not for awhile.

    (There was some sort of technical glitch with the printer in the clubhouse, so coach Joe Vavra jotted the lineup on a napkin and taped it to the whiteboard. It was entertaining to watch ballplayers do a double-take as they passed by looking for the lineup.)

    One game after Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, the catcher has been shuffled five spots lower, with an ex-catcher taking his place. White Sox righthander Felipe Paulino is on the mound today, and Gardenhire moved Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham up a spot, batting second and third behind Brian Dozier.

    It's Paulino's first start as a member of the White Sox, and first appearance since June 6, 2012. Paulino missed all of last year after having elbow surgery.

    Jason Kubel is the cleanup hitter, and he's in the outfield, too, with Willingham spending the day as DH. It's a good day to stay warm in the dugout; the scoreboard currently reads 36 degrees, and there's a steady wind blowing toward right field. That's 30 degrees colder than Monday's game-time temperature.

    Brian Duensing will rejoin the Twins tonight after the birth of his son Boston on Monday, and the team will announce a corresponding move, presumably returning Michael Tonkin to Rochester, after today's game.

    Here are the lineups for the 1:10 p.m. start:



Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham DH

Kubel LF

Plouffe 3B

Arcia RF

Suzuki C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS


Correia RHP




Eaton CF

Semien 3B

Abreu 1B

Dunn DH

A Garcia RF

De Aza LF

Ramirez SS

Flowers C

L Garcia 2B


Paulino 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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