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' May will watch from clubhouse

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 8, 2014 - 8:24 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Slowly, the change has begun. At 30, Kurt Suzuki is the oldest player in the Twins' lineup tonight, and the leadoff, cleanup and fifth hitters are all under 25. The Twins are gradually getting younger at key positions, a process that will only speed up in the next year.

    Trevor May is in the clubhouse today, but he must stay there during tonight's game because he is not yet on the 25-man roster. The Twins will activate him before his start tomorrow, but first must jettison a player to make room. Whether it's a pitcher or a position player isn't known yet, but will be revealed after the game ends.

    That sounds awkward, but it didn't seem so in the Twins' clubhouse. May said he tried to prepare himself on the flight to California for the surreal experience he's about to go through, but he knows that he'll feel distracted. He's also aware of the excitement his promotion has generated in Minnesota. "I'm a pretty big Twitter guy," he said.

    But that's tomorrow. Until then, the Twins must deal with lefthander Scott Kazmir, who has beaten them four times in the past two seasons, posting a 1.95 ERA.

    Here are the lineups for tonight's 9:10 p.m. CT game, with Sam Fuld facing his old team:



Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Plouffe 3B

Vargas DH

Arcia RF

Suzuki C

Parmelee 1B

Nunez SS

Schafer LF


Gibson RHP




Crisp DH

Jaso C

Donaldson 3B

Moss LF

Lowrie SS

Reddick RF

Vogt 1B

Fuld CF

Sogard 2B


Kazmir LHP


Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 FINAL
Utah 94
Denver 114 FINAL
Portland 120
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 4 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73
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