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.

Mastroianni arrives, goes right to top of lineup

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 10, 2014 - 10:55 AM

    Darin Mastroianni moves into the leadoff spot today, having arrived from Rochester to fill in for Oswaldo Arcia. Ron Gardenhire said he likes "all the things he can do at the top of the lineup," which translates to, "maybe we can steal a base." Brian Dozier has three, so he's been trying to ignite things at the top of the lineup, but Dozier's on-base percentage is .286 so far, so his opportunities have been limited. Dozier moves down to second in today's lineup.

    Josh Willingham is not available again today, since some swelling eventually showed up in his left wrist. "We've got to let that go down" before he can prepare to return, the manager said, but he hopes Willingham will make progress today. He's hitting in the batting cage this afternoon, hoping to work his way up to full batting practice by tomorrow.

    Eduardo Nunez, the shortstop the Twins plan to consider as an alternative to Pedro Florimon, did not work out during the 10 days after the Yankees designated him for assignment, so reports from Rochester are that he has some catching up to do. The Red Wings are giving him extra batting practice and ground balls in the infield, and he'll start today as he ramps up again for the season.

    The Twins play their ninth consecutive day game today, and it's a nice, brisk, sunny day for it. They'll play their first night game tomorrow, when Kansas City arrives at Target Field.

    Here are today's lineups as the Twins try to break their eight-game losing streak against Oakland:



Fuld CF

Lowrie SS

Donaldson 3B

Moss RF

Cespedes LF

Callaspo DH

Norris C

Barton 1B

Punto 2B


Straily RHP




Mastroianni RF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Colabello DH

Kubel LF

Plouffe 3B

Pinto C

Hicks CF

Escobar SS


Pelfrey RHP


St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
San Diego 7
Milwaukee 8 FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81
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