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.

In 1-for-15 slump, Mauer out of lineup tonight

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: August 28, 2014 - 5:53 PM

    After 16 games with the same top four hitters atop his batting order, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has made a change for tonight's game. Joe Mauer will be in the dugout, while Chris Parmelee plays first base in his place.

    "He's only missed like two innings [since he returned from an oblique injury on Aug. 11], so I told him, 'You're out,' " Gardenhire said. "He missed so much time, you say, 'Boy, we need him in there,' but you know, he's going to need a break. He's not as young as some of those other guys out there."

    The 31-year-old Mauer said he's sore, but OK to play, but understands Gardenhire's desire to keep him fresh. "You always want to be in there, but I know it helps in the long run," Mauer said. "I'm just trying to stay healthy."

    His bat could probably use a break, too. After a hot start upon his return, Mauer is has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.

    The Twins head to the airport immediately after the game to catch a flight east. They're scheduled to arrive in Baltimore a little after 3 a.m.

    Here are tonight's lineups for their last game against Kansas City this season (they're 7-11 against the Royals):



Santana CF

Dozier 2B

Suzuki C

Vargas DH

Arcia RF

Plouffe 3B

Parmelee 1B

Nunez SS

Schafer LF


Milone LHP




Aoki RF

A. Escobar SS

Gordon LF

Butler 1B

Perez C

Willingham DH

Cain CF

Moustakas 3B

Colon 2B


Guthrie RHP


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