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.

Pregame: Twins get second chance vs. Tanaka

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: July 3, 2014 - 5:59 PM

    As the Twins' pregame news release optimistically notes, "four Twins recorded hits off Masahiro Tanaka earlier this season." So it can be done.

    Still, that 3-1 loss in Yankee Stadium on May 31 was one of the dominating pitching performances the Twins have absorbed this year. They scored an unearned run in the first inning, then managed to get only one baserunner as far as third base the rest of the game. Tanaka, 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA in his rookie season with the Yankees, pitched eight innings, struck out nine and walked two.

    The Twins get another chance against the Japanese star tonight, in the opener of a four-game holiday weekend series with the Yankees. It's Derek Jeter's final visit as a player, other than the All-Star Game later this month, and it also features Phil Hughes' second start against his old teammates. Hughes beat New York in Yankee Stadium the day after Tanaka's gem, and manager Ron Gardenhire said he knows that Hughes is pumped up a little bit for tonight. Hughes has allowed five runs in three of his last five starts, though he gave up just two in the first seven innings last week in Texas. Still, after giving up 19 hits and 10 runs in his last two starts, the Twins are looking for a bounce-back performance.

    Here are tonight's lineups, with New York third baseman Zelous Wheeler making his major-league debut after eight years in the minors:

    

YANKEES

 

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Teixeira 1B

McCann C

Beltran DH

Suzuki RF

Wheeler 3B

Ryan 2B

 

Tanaka RHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Suzuki C

Parmelee 1B

Morales DH

Willingham LF

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Escobar SS

Fuld CF

 

Hughes RHP

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Putnam 1
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 11 FINAL
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 5
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Pittsburgh 5
San Francisco 0 Top 3rd Inning
Philadelphia 0
Texas 0 Top 3rd Inning
NY Yankees 0
Boston 3 Bottom 2nd Inning
Toronto 3
Miami 0 Top 3rd Inning
Atlanta 5
Tampa Bay 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
St. Louis 0
San Diego - I. Kennedy 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada
Houston - B. Peacock 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Chavez
Baltimore - C. Tillman 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Chicago 9:30 PM
San Jose
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Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
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Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
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Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
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Connecticut 75 FINAL
Washington 89
New York 9:30 PM
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