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.

Outfielder Arcia not with Twins after son's birth

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: July 29, 2014 - 6:21 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Twins are playing short-handed tonight, but it has nothing to do with the trade deadline.

    Oswaldo Arcia's wife Karla gave birth to Oswell Daniel Arcia early Tuesday morning, and the Twins' outfielder remained behind in Minneapolis to be with his wife and newborn son. But when the Twins offered to put Arcia on the three-day paternity list, the 23-year-old Venezuelan declined.

    "He said he wanted to spend the day with his family, and will fly in tomorrow," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "So we'll just play short for a day."

    Arcia's absence allows manager Ron Gardenhire to get both Danny Santana and Sam Fuld into the lineup, with Fuld making his first start in right field since May 1. Considering Fuld is batting .361 with a .474 on-base percentage since July 1, it's not a bad tradeoff.

    Kyle Gibson will be on the mound for the Twins, his first start since July 18, and manager Ron Gardenhire said the righthander is under no restrictions. The back pain that kept him from starting last Thursday is completely gone, and Gibson will operate under the usual 100-110-pitch limit -- a level he hasn't reached, actually, since June 18 in Boston.

    Gibson, who allowed one run in 6 1/3 in his only start against the Royals this year, will be facing Kansas City righthander James Shields, who is 0-2 against the Twins. Shields, trying to become a 10-game winner for the eighth straight season, has allowed 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings against the Twins, but seven of the runs were unearned.

    Here are the lineups for tonight's opener of a three-game series:



Santana CF

Fuld RF

Dozier 2B

Willingham LF

Parmelee 1B

Plouffe 3B

Suzuki C

Nunez DH

E Escobar SS


Gibson RHP




Aoki RF

Infante 2B

Hosmer 1B

Perez C

Gordon LF

Butler DH

Moustakas 3B

Cain CF

A Escobar SS


Shields RHP


Philadelphia 4 Bottom 7th Inning
Washington 3
Atlanta 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Toronto 5
Chicago WSox 12 Bottom 6th Inning
Detroit 2
Cleveland 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Minnesota 1
Cincinnati 0 Top 5th Inning
St. Louis 3
San Diego 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Baltimore - C. Tillman 3:05 PM
Boston - C. Buchholz
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - J. Locke
Miami - M. Latos 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. deGrom
LA Angels - C. Wilson 6:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
NY Yankees - M. Tanaka 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Oakland - J. Hahn 6:10 PM
Kansas City - Y. Ventura
Arizona - R. De La Rosa 8:05 PM
San Francisco - C. Heston
Colorado - J. Lyles 8:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Texas - C. Lewis 8:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Washington 89 1st OT 0:37
Toronto 82
New Orleans 2:30 PM
Golden State
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
Dallas 8:30 PM
Minnesota 0 1st Prd 20:00
St. Louis 0
Detroit 0 1st Prd 17:23
Tampa Bay 0
Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
NY Rangers
Winnipeg 9:30 PM
Houston 6:00 PM
Orlando City 6:30 PM
Toronto FC 7:30 PM
FC Dallas
Seattle 8:00 PM
Vancouver FC 8:30 PM
Real Salt Lake
Sporting Kansas City 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
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