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 and Indians to wear throwback unis, honoring the Negro Leagues

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: August 7, 2010 - 4:43 PM

CLEVELAND -- Don't adjust your TV when tonight's game starts.

The teams will be wearing throwback uniforms, honoring the Negro Leagues, with the Twins wearing the 1909 St. Paul Gophers unis, and the Indians dressed like the 1946 Cleveland Buckeyes.

The old Gophers uniforms are navy blue, with long, drapey sleeves. (Is drapey a word? Where's Michael Kors?) The hats are white with short blue brims.

"I think we should be taking a train to the ballpark tomorrow, and I think I should be smoking a cigar in the dugout," Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They actually look really cool. I mean, hot, but cool. I honestly might just wear mine on the airplane afterwards because it does have a collar, and we require a collar."

Gardenhire also noted that it'll be challenging for Carl Pavano to go through his ritual between-innings undershirt changes. Anyway, it's something different.

Joe Mauer looked good making throws to second base earlier and likely will catch Sunday, though that will depend on how his arm feels in the morning. He is DHing tonight for the fifth straight game, with Drew Butera catching Pavano again.

The Twins will have a roster move after the game, as they plan to activate Orlando Hudson from the DL on Sunday. It's likely that Trevor Plouffe will be headed back to Rochester, barring another injury. Gardenhire said Hudson will return as the starting second baseman with Casilla moving back into a utility role.

The Indians will induct Kenny Lofton into their Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony.

"It will be fun for me to watch an ex teammate that you care about get an award like this," Jim Thome said. "Kenny’s a class act. He’s a good person."

La Velle posted some weekend minor league notes:

TWINS (61-49)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. J.J. Hardy, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: RH Carl Pavano (13-7, 3.32 ERA)

INDIANS (47-63)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Shelley Duncan, DH
5. Jordan Brown, LF
6. Matt LaPorta, 1B
7. Luis Valbuena, 2B
8. Jayson Nix, 3B
9. Chris Gimenez, C

Starting pitcher: RH Fausto Carmona (11-8, 3.78 ERA)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network


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