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.

Postgame: Twins now 4-0 in rubber games

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 4, 2014 - 8:14 PM

    Three leftover thoughts after the Twins improved to 4-0 in rubber games of series Sunday:

    RUNNING ALL THE WAY: This season has been a nightmare for Pedro Florimon, starting with his appendicitis attack in February. He's batting just .113 and appears on the verge of losing his job to Eduardo Escobar, Danny Santana or Eduardo Nunez. But give him credit -- he's still hustling. Florimon, who has spent plenty of extra time with hitting coach Tom Brunansky this week, hit what looked like a sure double-play ball in the third inning, but rather than dropping his head, he beat the relay from J.J. Hardy to first. That meant the inning didn't end when Chris Herrmann struck out a couple batters later, and Trevor Plouffe capitalized with a two-run double. "He knows he's not swinging well right now. But that's all we're asking him: play the game, run balls out like that," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's playing hard."

    ONE OUT, BUT A BIG ONE: Caleb Thielbar's contribution to the Twins' victory Sunday amounted to only six pitches -- but they were the six biggest pitches of the day. With the Twins leading 3-2 in the seventh, starter Phil Hughes was lifted after giving up two ground-ball singles. Anthony Swarzak walked Jonathan Schoop, and Thielbar was summoned to face Nick Markakis with the game on the line. Thielbar quickly got ahead of Markakis, then kept throwing low strikes until Markakis tapped one back to him, ending the inning. Hughes got the victory, Glen Perkins the save, but Thielbar, as is often the case for situational relievers, made the pitch that mattered.

    GOOD SERIES FOR ROTATION: Don't discount Hughes' performance, though. The righthander was in control all day, save for one bad pitch to Nelson Cruz (and what is it about that guy in this ballpark, that every mistake ends up in the upper deck?). Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia and Phil Hughes all pitched effectively, and deep into the game, against the Orioles, easing the tension about the starting rotation. That's three straight solid outing for Hughes, who retired 14 straight Orioles at one point, and it's the second straight start in which he didn't walk a batter. His ERA is now below 5.00, after hanging at 7.20 through his first three starts. And perhaps the rotation is soon to become the strength that everyone thought it would be a month ago.

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
Cincinnati 10
Boston College 0 FINAL
Boston 1
Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
Boston 79 FINAL
Cleveland 110
LA Lakers 103 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Sacramento 124 FINAL
New York 86
Houston 96 FINAL
Atlanta 104
Utah 93 FINAL
Memphis 82
Washington 92 FINAL
Chicago 97
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
Denver 106
Nashville 1 FINAL
New Jersey 3
Calgary 3 FINAL(OT)
Philadelphia 2
Washington 5 FINAL
Columbus 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3 FINAL
Florida 2
Ottawa 2 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 3
NY Islanders 2 FINAL(OT)
Dallas 3
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
Edmonton 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Ole Miss 82 FINAL
Alabama 74
Eastern Mich 67 FINAL
Ball State 60
Kent State 81 FINAL
Bowling Green 80
Ohio 66 FINAL
Buffalo 93
Georgetown 60 FINAL
Butler 54
Toledo 77 FINAL
Central Mich 85
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
Dayton 75
Youngstown St 67 FINAL
Detroit 77
North Carolina 81 FINAL
Georgia Tech 49
Loyola-Maryland 45 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Iowa 77 FINAL
Indiana 63
Akron 63 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 70
Army 52 FINAL
Navy 56
Maryland 60 FINAL
Rutgers 50
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
USC Upstate 90
Jacksonville 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 81
Lipscomb 76 FINAL
Northern Ky 73
Stetson 67 FINAL
North Florida 81
Wright State 57 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Western Mich 63 FINAL
Northern Ill 65
Nebraska Omaha 80 FINAL
North Dakota 78
Houston Baptist 71 FINAL
Abilene Christian 83
NC State 66 FINAL
Clemson 61
Texas A&M 62 FINAL
Florida 66
Kentucky 72 FINAL
Georgia 64
West Virginia 69 FINAL
Kansas 76
Auburn 61 FINAL
Missouri 63
Michigan 78 FINAL
Northwestern 82
Villanova 76 FINAL
Creighton 72
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 39 FINAL
Presbyterian 47
Coastal Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 68
NJIT 51 FINAL
UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
TCU 45 FINAL
Texas 79
Fresno State 61 FINAL
Air Force 41
San Jose St 76 FINAL
Boise State 91
Nevada 61 FINAL
Colorado State 68
UNLV 61 FINAL
San Diego State 76
Wyoming 61 FINAL
Utah State 57
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which Twins player are you most interested in during spring training?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT