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.

Nice weather for Twins' road-trip finale

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 6, 2014 - 10:02 AM

    CLEVELAND -- The weather has greatly improved here today, with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-40s, headed above 50. That's quite a change, after two days of players huddled around heaters for the first two games. It's so nice, the Indians plan to take batting practice, something most teams normally skip on Sunday. Not sure if the Twins plan to do the same.

    The Twins fly home after today's game, and open their home season tomorrow at Target Field against the A's. But first, they'll try to finish off a split of the six-game road trip, which would be quite a feat after they lost the first two and trailed in the third.

    They'll use a virtually identical lineup today to the one that earned Ron Gardenhire's 1,000th win yesterday, with only one substitution: Kurt Suzuki back behind the plate, instead of Josmil Pinto. Oswaldo Arcia remains out with a sore hand, though his trigger finger is OK; he was racking up a high score in one of those deer-hunting video games in the clubhouse.

    Here are the lineups for today's series ender:

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Colabello DH

Plouffe 3B

Kubel RF

Suzuki C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS

 

Nolasco RHP

 

INDIANS

 

Morgan CF

Swisher 1B

Kipnis 2B

Santana 3B

Brantley LF

Chisenhall DH

Gomes C

Murphy RF

Aviles SS

 

Masterson RHP

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