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 restore Plouffe, Nunez to roster

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 30, 2014 - 5:13 PM

    Infielders Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez have both checked out healthy and been restored to the Twins' active roster, the team announced Monday. Both are in the starting lineup for tonight's game with the Kansas City Royals, the first game of a seven-game homestand.

    Plouffe and Nunez were both injured in a game in Detroit on June 14, Plouffe suffering a bruised rib and Nunez a strained hamstring. Nunez played four games at Class AA New Britain to rehab his injury, going 4-for-10, while Plouffe did not require a rehab stint.

    The two veterans replace shortstop Pedro Florimon, optioned back to Class AAA Rochester after going 0-for-11 in four games since being called up, and infielder Jorge Polanco, who was returned to Class A Fort Myers. Polanco, the first Twins player to make his major-league debut before his 21st birthday since Joe Mauer in 2004, was 2-for-5 in four games with the Twins.

    "It's good to have them back," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Hopefully they'll be able to help us get it going again at the plate."

    Here are the lineups for tonight's game, with the Twins facing tough K.C. lefty Danny Duffy, who has lost his last two starts despite allowing only three runs over 13 innings:

 

ROYALS

 

Cain RF

Hosmer 1B

Butler DH

Gordon LF

Perez C

Infante 2B

Moustakas 3B

Escobar SS

Dyson CF

 

Duffy LHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Suzuki C

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Morales DH

Plouffe 3B

Parmelee RF

Nunez SS

Fuld CF

 

Pino RHP

    Infielders Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez have both checked out healthy and been restored to the Twins' active roster, the team announced Monday. Both are in the starting lineup for tonight's game with the Kansas City Royals, the first game of a seven-game homestand.

    Plouffe and Nunez were both injured in a game in Detroit on June 14, Plouffe suffering a bruised rib and Nunez a strained hamstring. Nunez played four games at Class AA New Britain to rehab his injury, going 4-for-10, while Plouffe did not require a rehab stint.

    The two veterans replace shortstop Pedro Florimon, optioned back to Class AAA Rochester after going 0-for-11 in four games since being called up, and infielder Jorge Polanco, who was returned to Class A Fort Myers. Polanco, the first Twins player to make his major-league debut before his 21st birthday since Joe Mauer in 2004, was 2-for-5 in four games with the Twins.

    "It's good to have them back," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Hopefully they'll be able to help us get it going again at the plate."

    Here are the lineups for tonight's game, with the Twins facing tough K.C. lefty Danny Duffy, who has lost his last two starts despite allowing only three runs over 13 innings:

 

ROYALS

 

Cain RF

Hosmer 1B

Butler DH

Gordon LF

Perez C

Infante 2B

Moustakas 3B

Escobar SS

Dyson CF

 

Duffy LHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Suzuki C

Mauer 1B

Willingham LF

Morales DH

Plouffe 3B

Parmelee RF

Nunez SS

Fuld CF

 

Pino RHP

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