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.

Pelfrey available in bullpen for Twins today

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: April 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    The Twins have gone to the bullpen 14 times in the last three games, with Michael Tonkin and Caleb Thielbar pitching in all three. So Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, concerned about overworking the bullpen three weeks into the season, has asked Mike Pelfrey to be ready in the bullpen today, just in case.

    It's Pelfrey's regular day to throw between starts, so if he faced a batter or two, it probably wouldn't affect his normal schedule, which has him starting Tuesday against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers. And if he had to pitch an inning or two, if today's game goes extra innings, it wouldn't be a problem to skip him in the rotation, since the Twins have an off day on Monday.

    That said, don't look for Gardenhire to make any changes to his starting five in the immediate future. He said before today's game that he understands why people would be looking for changes, given the starting staff's cumulative 6.32 ERA, worst in the American League, but "we've got to give these guys a chance to settle in. It's early," he said. "They're our starting pitchers for a reason."

    Here are the lineups for today's 1:10 p.m. start against Detroit:



Kinsler 2B

Hunter RF

Cabrera 1B

Martinez DH

Jackson CF

Castellanos 3B

Romine SS

Holaday C

Davis LF


Sanchez RHP




Dozier 2B

Mauer DH

Plouffe 3B

Colabello 1B

Kubel LF

Pinto C

Fuld RF

Hicks CF

Escobar SS


Hughes RHP

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Minnesota0050     572
Chicago WSox0211     450
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Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas 1 Top 7th Inning
Cleveland 12
Colorado 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Detroit 4
Cincinnati 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Miami 1
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels 5 Top 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 3
NY Yankees 3 Top 8th Inning
Boston 4
Minnesota 5 Bottom 4th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
Toronto 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Houston 1
Milwaukee 3 Top 5th Inning
St. Louis 0
Kansas City 0 Top 1st Inning
Oakland 0
Pittsburgh 0 Top 1st Inning
Arizona 0
Atlanta - M. Minor 9:10 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
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Indianapolis 8/7/14 6:00 PM
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New England 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Cincinnati 8/7/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
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Dallas 8/7/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
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Sporting Kansas City 1
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 21 7:03
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Connecticut 79 4th Qtr 2:15
San Antonio 70
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