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.

Hughes tries to give Twins 3 good starts in a row

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 4, 2014 - 11:46 AM

    Ron Gardenhire opened his pregame press conference Sunday with a complaint -- why are the Wild playing a day game? Yes, Minnesota's baseball manager has a little playoff fever for its hockey team, but hasn't been able to watch much of the postseason.

    "I'm going to call and ask them to change things around," he joked.

    One thing he doesn't want to change: The Twins' two-game streak of solid starting pitching, which has eased the burden on the bullpen and made the games more competitive.

    "We're in a stretch where we're playing quite a few games in a row, so we need our starters to go" deep into games, he said.

    Phil Hughes has that responsibility today, and he's been up to it lately; he's allowed four earned runs in his last two starts, posting a 2.77 ERA.

    "Hopefully he keeps building on that," Gardenhire said. "It'd be nice to see our starters get on a roll. It sure makes the game a lot easier."

    Here are the lineups for today's series finale:



Markakis RF

Machado 3B

Cruz LF

Jones CF

Weiters C

Hardy SS

Young DH

Pearce 1B

Schoop 2B


Gonzalez RHP




Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Plouffe DH

Colabello RF

Kubel LF

Suzuki C

Fuld CF

Escobar 3B

Florimon SS


Hughes RHP


Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58
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