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.

Some similarities between Twins, Mariners

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 16, 2014 - 3:53 PM

    The Twins open a three-game homestand tonight against a team that bears some resemblance to themselves. The Seattle Mariners have posted four straight losing seasons and are trying to put a couple of hideous offensive years behind them -- even worse than the Twins, believe it or not. Minnesota's offense bottomed out with just 615 runs last season -- but the Mariners scored only 513 in 2010, and 556 the following year.

    The new Mariners are built largely from within, with a few key outsiders sprinkled in. They made an investment in the offense that the Twins have never even considered, spending $240 million over 10 years on Robinson Cano, and they have a couple of pillars to a championship rotation in Felix Hernandez, who will start Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma, who the Twins will miss this weekend. The Twins hope to have a similar couple of aces on the mound in a couple of years.

    The Mariners came into the season with considerable hopes that they're about to turn things around, and so far, they've seen some good signs and some bad. The Mariners come into tonight at 20-20, while the Twins are 19-20; Minnesota is 10-10 at home, Seattle 12-10 on the road.

    Tonight's lineups:



Jones CF

Saunders RF

Cano 2B

Hart DH

Smoak 1B

Seager 3B

Ackley LF

Zunino C

Miller SS


Young RHP




Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Plouffe 3B

Parmelee RF

Suzuki C

Kubel LF

Pinto DH

Hicks CF

Escobar SS


Gibson RHP


Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 3rd Prd 8:29
San Jose 3
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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