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.

Arcia out of lineup with sore right hand

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 5, 2014 - 11:15 AM

CLEVELAND -- Today may be the coldest game the Twins play this season, and that's saying something for a team from Minneapolis. (And yeah, I probably just jinxed it.) It's 36 degrees at Progressive Field at the moment, but that's not the problem. The flags are standing straight out, whipped by a wind that's gusting up to 30-35 degrees.

The cold has already cost the Twins one of their players. Oswaldo Arcia has been batting with a sore right hand for the past few days, a condition he came down with in the batting cage in Chicago earlier this week. Ron Gardenhire noticed him grimacing at the plate last night, but Arcia insists he's OK. The manager, however, is taking no chances, not in the near-freezing temperatures. The Twins suspect he was bothered by a sore hand last year, too, and don't want this to linger.

The result: Jason Kubel is in right field today, for the first time this season. Along with Josh Willingham in left, it's safe to say speed isn't the strong suit of the outfield defense today.

Kyle Gibson will be on the mound for the first time this season, taking possession of that fifth-starters job he won in the spring. The game is on Fox Sports 1.

Here are today's lineups:

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Colabello DH

Plouffe 3B

Kubel RF

Pinto C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS

 

Gibson RHP

 

INDIANS

 

Morgan CF

Swisher 1B

Kipnis 2B

Santana DH

Brantley LF

Cabrera SS

Murphy RF

Gomes C

Chisenhall 3B

 

Carrasco RHP

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