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


Toronto 3 Top 9th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Washington 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Cincinnati 0
St. Louis 0 Top 1st Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Baltimore 0 Top 1st Inning
Seattle 0
Arizona - J. Collmenter 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - C. Lee
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
San Diego - O. Despaigne 6:10 PM
Atlanta - J. Teheran
Miami - T. Koehler 6:10 PM
Houston - J. Cosart
Boston - J. Lackey 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson
Chicago WSox - C. Sale 6:10 PM
Minnesota - L. Darnell
Cleveland - Z. McAllister 6:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Guthrie
Oakland - S. Gray 7:05 PM
Texas - N. Tepesch
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:10 PM
Colorado - T. Matzek
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 8:05 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Detroit - J. Verlander 8:05 PM
LA Angels - M. Shoemaker
Sporting Kansas City 6:00 PM
Toronto FC
Columbus 6:30 PM
New England
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 6:00 PM
Toronto 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Los Angeles 4 1st Qtr 7:59
Seattle 6
Indiana 7:00 PM
San Antonio
New York 9:00 PM
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