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.
The Red Sox claimed Twins pitcher Matt Fox on waivers today, less than a week after Fox made a strong start for Minnesota in his major league debut.
After using eight pitchers, including three members of their starting rotation, in a 13-inning loss to the Tigers on Sept. 2, the Twins added Fox to their 40-man roster and gave him a spot start against the Rangers last Friday.
Pitching on three day's rest after getting promoted from Class AAA Rochester, Fox held the Rangers to two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He received a no decision, as the Twins came back to win 4-3.
It was an improbable night for Fox, 27, who went 6-9 with a 3.95 ERA for the Twins at Rochester this year and wasn't considered one of the team's top prospects. Two days later, the Twins removed Fox from the 40-man roster to make room for outfielder Ben Revere, who was promoted to the majors from Class AA New Britain to provide outfield depth on the bench.
On Monday, Twins manger Ron Gardenhire said he'd be thrilled for Fox if another team picked him up by adding him to their major league roster. The Red Sox decided to give him a chance.
"It's great for him," General Manager Bill Smith said. "He gets a month's service time, he gets a month's pay, and most importantly, he gets a chance to show Boston what he can do."
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