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: Anderson loves Hughes' attitude

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 17, 2014 - 11:02 PM

    Three quick leftovers, with tomorrow's day game only 13 hours away:

    KEEP ME IN, COACH: Ron Gardenhire sent his pitching coach to the mound in the eighth inning to tell him to walk David Ortiz. He was surprised by the response.

    "We were going to walk Ortiz, and we were going to go after Naps [Mike Napoli], but Phil said 'I'd just as soon take my chances and make David chase,' " Gardenhire said. "It shocked me when Andy came back in said he wants to pitch to him."

    How'd that conversation go? "He said, 'I want this guy,' and I said, 'well, we've got a righty on deck,' " Anderson said. "But he said, 'No, I want this guy, I can get him. ... I love it. I love that attitude."

    Napoli was 6-for-15 against Hughes, Ortiz 10-for-28. Still, "I really wanted to go after Ortiz," Hughes said, "and I really don't like walking guys either."

    No kidding. Tuesday's loss was Hughes' third straight start without a walk, and ninth in his last 10 starts.

    So Hughes went after Big Papi. Three pitches later, Ortiz reached for a cutter off the plate and flew out harmlessly to left.

    SUZUKI HOT, ARCIA NOT: A couple of hitters are going in opposite directions near the bottom of the Twins' lineup. Kurt Suzuki singled in the fifth inning, giving him hits in nine of his last 10 games. He's batting .371 over that span, with two doubles.

    Oswaldo Arcia, meanwhile, still can't get out of the spiral he's in. His 0-for-4 on Tuesday included two strikeouts. He's now 2-for-32 since June 6, with 15 whiffs.

    INCONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE: The Twins got a break on a call that was inconclusive on replay. Dustin Pedroia hit what looked like a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but it bounced off the top of the Green Monster and back onto the field. Josh Willingham got the ball back into the infield quickly, and Pedroia was caught in a rundown. He avoided Brian Dozier's tag, but was called out for leaving the baseline. The Red Sox challenged, arguing that Pedroia's ball was touched by a fan, making it either a ground-rule double or a home run. Replays, however, could not establish whether the fan had made contact, and the play was allowed to stand.


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