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 face Red Sox on "tough day" for Gwynn's friends

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 16, 2014 - 4:58 PM

    BOSTON -- On a day when San Diego, as well as all of baseball, is in mourning, the Twins by coincidence are calling upon another son of San Diego to help stop their losing streak.

    The news of Tony Gwynn's death hit a few Twins hard, particularly Paul Molitor, who got to know the eight-time batting champion during the off-season of their Hall of Fame careers. Molitor spent several winters in San Diego, and got to know Gwynn, played golf with him.

    "It's a tough day," Molitor said. "He was a very humble guy, obviously very talented, but in times like this you think more about the man than [his] ability. [Gwynn was] a gracious guy who gave back to his community throughout his career, and seemed to keep a great balance in his life. He worked very hard at his craft, but his life was a lot more than just that."

    The Red Sox are planning a moment of silence before tonight's game for Gwynn, and then they'll face Twins starter Kevin Corriea, who grew up watching his fellow San Diego native turn the Padres into a winner. Correia is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, six shutout innings of the Blue Jays last Tuesday, and now makes his second career start in Fenway Park. He'll depend on his slider, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    "He went more from the cutter to the slider [in Toronto], got a little depth to the pitch," the manager said. "That was one of the pitches he was getting in trouble with -- the slider started diving a little better and it got them off it."

    Correia was drilled by the Red Sox for five runs in four innings last month in Target Field, so it's a challenge. But the Twins, after some pitching ugliness on Saturday and some defensive ugliness on Sunday, need a solid start from the righthander. "This is a tough ballpark to pitch in," Gardenhire said. "You make mistakes and they go off that wall."

    Gardenhire has made a couple of alterations to his lineup against Red Sox righthander Rubby De La Rosa, flipping Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier once more; Mauer moves into the third slot largely because he's a .321 hitter with nine doubles in 20 career games here. And Sam Fuld has been dropped to the ninth spot in the order, creating a "second leadoff" spot, with Eduardo Escobar moving up to eighth.

    Here are the lineups for the first of three games in baseball's oldest ballpark:




Santana SS

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Morales DH

Arcia RF

Suzuki C

Escobar 3B

Fuld CF


Correia RHP




Holt LF

Bogaerts 3B

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Napoli 1B

Nava RF

Drew SS

Pierzynski C

Bradley CF


De La Rosa RHP


Fla Southern 2 FINAL
Detroit 12
Miami 7
Toronto 114 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Golden State 108 FINAL
Brooklyn 110
Phoenix 98 FINAL
Miami 115
LA Clippers 110 FINAL
Minnesota 105
New Orleans 93 FINAL
Dallas 102
Nashville 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Carolina 2 FINAL
Chicago 5
Montreal 0 FINAL
San Jose 4
Virginia 59 FINAL
Syracuse 47
Baylor 59 FINAL
Texas 61
SE Louisiana 79 FINAL
Northwestern St 92
Central Arkansas 49 FINAL
Sam Houston St 76
Norfolk State 59 FINAL
Howard 61
Bethune-Cookman 50 FINAL
NC A&T 67
Hampton 75 FINAL
Delaware State 85
Lamar 69 FINAL
McNeese State 70
Nicholls 89 FINAL
New Orleans 79
Incarnate Word 62 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 83
NC Central 62 FINAL
Savannah State 49
Texas Southern 77 FINAL
Alabama A&M 75
Prairie View 67 FINAL
Alabama State 65
Oklahoma 70 FINAL
Iowa State 77
Grambling St 62 FINAL
Miss Valley St 66
Boston College 66 FINAL
Virginia Tech 59
Jackson State 62 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 64
Bethune-Cookman 55 FINAL
NC A&T 58
Hampton 78 FINAL
Delaware State 63
Norfolk State 63 FINAL
Howard 60
NC Central 54 FINAL
Savannah State 65
Texas Southern 83 FINAL
Alabama A&M 46
Prairie View 42 FINAL
Alabama State 60
Jackson State 78 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 74
Grambling 56 FINAL
Miss Valley St 61
Tulsa 71 FINAL
Cincinnati 58
(1) Connecticut 88 FINAL
South Florida 65
East Carolina 67
Central Conn St 53 FINAL
Bryant 55
Wagner 66 FINAL
Robert Morris 60
Sacred Heart 75 FINAL
Fairleigh Dickinson 84
St Francis-NY 73 FINAL
Long Island 49
Mount St Marys 87 FINAL
St Francis-PA 90
Temple 56 FINAL
Houston 45
Texas Tech 65 FINAL
(6) Baylor 75
Iowa State 64 FINAL
Kansas 68
Memphis 53
Oklahoma 66 FINAL
Oklahoma St 56
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