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.

Slama to have MRI exam; Twins set to face Cardinals

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: March 7, 2011 - 11:51 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Twins reliever Anthony Slama will have an MRI exam on his right elbow today. He hasn't pitched in a game since Feb. 28 and said the elbow didn't feel right that day.

Slama, 27, told me he's hoping the MRI comes back clean so he can resume pitching in 2-3 days. He went 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 54 appearances for Class AAA Rochester last year, spanning 65.1 innings. He also posted a 7.71 ERA in five appearances for the Twins.

Scott Baker will be making his first appearance in six days today, as he battles for the final rotation spot with Kevin Slowey. Baker gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings against Boston last Tuesday.

The Twins have a five-game winning streak despite fielding a skeleton lineup. ... Albert Pujols is not on the trip.

Update: A handful of observations from this morning's workout (posted these on Twitter @JoeCStrib):

> Casilla moving around OK in infield drills. Ankles don't seem to be bothering him.

> Watched Morneau on pop-up drill make running catches, looking into the sun.

> Mauer in hitting group with Thome, Kubel and Delmon on main field. BP only for Mauer and Young today.

> Morneau standing in on Liriano's bullpen session, keeping his timing vs. LHP

CARDINALS (5-3)

1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
2. Ryan Theriot, SS
3. Colby Rasmus, CF
4. Lance Berkman, DH
5. Allen Craig, RF
6. Mark Hamilton, 1B
7. Yadier Molina, C
8. David Freese, 3B
9. Jon Jay, LF

Listed pitchers: Jake Westbrook, Trever Miller, Adam Ottavino, Blake King, Adam Reifer, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, John Gas, Maikel Cleto.

TWINS (6-2)

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

Listed pitchers: Scott Baker, Carlos Gutierrez, Eric Hacker, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins, Phil Dumatrait, Kyle Waldrop.

Hammond Stadium. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). No TV. Twins Radio Network.

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