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.

Twins clear snow, shut out Toronto in Game 1

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Update: Kyle Gibson pitched a four-hit shutout and the Twins scored five runs in the fifth inning to defeat Toronto 7-0 in the first game of today's day/night doubleheader.

Come back to soon for more on today's opener. 

Ron Gardenhire acknowledged when he received them that there's no way he'll ever smoke the 1,000 cigars the Twins presented him with to celebrate his 1,000th win as Twins manager. (Which is probably wise.) And the Twins' manager today showed us another gift he's unlikely to ever run out of. Gophers football coach Jerry Kill sent over 1,000 golf tees, with "April 5, 2014 -- 1000 wins" printed on each. Gardy seemed genuinely excited by the gesture, and likely can't wait to get to a golf course to use them.

    It won't be today, of course, as the Twins' day is packed, with two baseball games and a flight to Kansas City. The stadium crew is busy clearing ice from the field and seating areas, remnants of yesterday's rain and snowstorm. It's 32 degrees at the moment, but dry and not very windy, so they'll get both games in, however uncomfortable.

    Eduardo Nunez has not arrived yet, but he'll be here in time to play tonight's second game at 6:10 p.m., in uniform No. 9, the same worn by Larry Hisle, Gene Larkin, Mickey Hatcher and Ryan Doumit. He's the 26th man, under baseball rules that allow expanding the roster for the second game of a doubleheader.

    Here are the lineups for today's first game, to be televised on FSN:



Cabrera LF

Kawasaki 2B

Bautista CF

Encarnacion 1B

Rasmus DH

Lawrie 3B

Sierra RF

Thole C

Goins SS


Dickey RHP




Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Plouffe 3B

Colabello RF

Kubel LF

Pinto DH

Suzuki C

Hicks CF

Florimon SS


Gibson RHP




New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Minnesota 77 4th Qtr 9:50
Philadelphia 83
Houston 62 3rd Qtr 8:46
Boston 48
Portland 53 3rd Qtr 8:33
Atlanta 55
Sacramento 44 3rd Qtr 12:00
Cleveland 55
Toronto 70 3rd Qtr 9:56
Brooklyn 57
Dallas 18 2nd Qtr 6:27
Miami 24
LA Clippers 42 2nd Qtr 4:13
New Orleans 47
Golden State 8:00 PM
Chicago 9:30 PM
Pittsburgh 0 3rd Prd
New Jersey 0
St. Louis 2 3rd Prd 19:31
Carolina 2
Nashville 8:00 PM
Buffalo 9:00 PM
Chicago 9:00 PM
Harvard 75 FINAL
Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 50 2nd Half 0:45
Canisius 57
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Siena 77 2nd Half 2:05
Manhattan 81
Marist 61 2nd Half 0:28
Niagara 59
Dartmouth 51 2nd Half 1:11
Penn 54
Oregon 34 2nd Half
Arizona State 29
Yale 35 2nd Half
Columbia 32
Monmouth 29 2nd Half
Fairfield 22
IUPUI 27 2nd Half
Western Ill 28
Oregon State 9:00 PM
Kent State 9:00 PM
Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
Brown 52
Columbia 47 FINAL
Yale 55
Coll of Charleston 47 FINAL
Drexel 64
Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
(19) Princeton 96 FINAL
Harvard 46
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Siena 62
Richmond 54 FINAL
Rhode Island 50
Elon 54 2nd Half 2:05
James Madison 86
(9) Florida State 81 2nd Half 0:44
Georgia Tech 58
Loyola-Chicago 53 2nd Half 1:11
Southern Ill 58
Georgetown 20 1st Half 0:12
DePaul 48
Villanova 34 1st Half 2:10
Marquette 25
Wichita State 29 2nd Half
Northern Iowa 12
Xavier 28 2nd Half
Creighton 38
Bradley 34 1st Half 0:31
Illinois State 24
Missouri State 42 2nd Half
Drake 49
Arizona 8:00 PM
(11) Arizona State 8:00 PM
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