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 hope to dodge rain in May's home debut

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 18, 2014 - 5:16 PM

    It's sunny and clear at Target Field, perfect baseball weather. If only it would stay that way.

    But forecasts make it clear that rain is coming, perhaps before first pitch, which means it could be a long night at the ballpark. Tonight is the Royals' final visit to Minneapolis, so both teams will want to wait as long as possible if it means getting the game in. The Royals would rather arrive in Denver later than scheduled tonight, in other words, than be forced to sacrifice a September off day to fly back and play a makeup game.

    The Twins' normal early batting practice, optional for most players, was made mandatory today, because earlier radar models suggested regular batting practice could be washed out, too. It wasn't, so the Twins cut the later session short by about 45 minutes, leaving the field empty when it's usually teeming with activity. The Royals will soon begin taking their round of BP.

    An off-and-on night would be bad news for Trevor May, too, since he needs to demonstrate that he can pitch at this level, that his nerves won't prevent him from throwing his fastball where he wants it. A 12.46 ERA in two appearances makes tonight's start important if May wants to finish the season with the Twins.

    He'll be opposed by left-hander Jason Vargas, a control pitcher with a 3.27 ERA who threw a three-hitter against the A's in his last start. Vargas will face a Twins' lineup with Kennys Vargas, no relation, in the cleanup spot, making tonight the first Vargas vs. Vargas matchup in major-league history.

    Here are the lineups for, cross your fingers, tonight's 7:10 p.m. start:

ROYALS

 

Aoki RF

Infante 2B

Perez C

Butler 1B

Gordon LF

Willingham DH

Moustakas 3B

Escobar SS

Dyson CF

 

Vargas LHP

 

TWINS

 

Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Vargas DH

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Parmelee LF

Fryer C

Escobar SS

 

May RHP

 

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