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.

Blackburn, Slowey set for their spring debuts

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: February 28, 2011 - 10:17 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Checked in with Michael Cuddyer this morning, and he said there's really no update on his left foot.

He's treating a wart with a specialized cream, so it's a waiting process, and Cuddyer is miserable not being able to play in these spring training games. For now, Cuddyer doesn't even want to think about the alternative -- having the wart removed -- because that would put him out for weeks.

No details yet on Justin Morneau's plans to see a doctor for clearance to play in games. He was in the batting cage early this morning over at Twins camp, but he's not on this short trip across town to play the Red Sox at City of Palms Park.

Nick Blackburn will start for the Twins today, followed by Kevin Slowey. Glen Perkins, Anthony Slama, Jim Hoey, Deolis Guerra, David Bromberg, Eric Hacker and Kyle Waldrop are also on the list to pitch.

>La Velle has a live chat starting at noon Central, so jump in with your questions.

>The Twins announced that the 14 black spruce trees that were part of the batter's eye at Target Field have been relocated to Bergen's Greenhouse in Forest Lake.

>Chris Parmalee had a good first game, Sunday, filling in for Morneau at first base. Parmalee went 2-for-2 with a double and made a nice diving play. The Twins added Parmalee to the 40-man roster this winter, and he's building off the success he had in 2010, when he reached Class AA.

"He’s a guy who really matured a lot over the last year," Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He’s really worked hard on his fundamentals at first base. We know the swing is there. He’s got power, he can pop a baseball, but it’s all the other parts of his game. He can play the outfield, and he can play the infield ... he’s got an arm."

TWINS (1-0)

 1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Luke Hughes, 3B
5. Jeff Bailey, 1B
6. Brian Dinkelman, RF
7. Matt Tolbert, 2B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Jason Repko, CF

RHPs Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey

RED SOX (0-1)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Carl Crawford, LF
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Brent Dlugach, SS
8. Drew Sutton, 1B
9. Yamaico Navarro, 3B

RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

City of Palms Park. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). No TV. Twins Radio Network.

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