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.

Friday night lights for Morneau, Liriano; Cuddyer update

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: March 18, 2011 - 5:39 PM

SARASOTA, FLA. -- Justin Morneau wanted a chance to play under the lights, so he's on the trip with the Twins for tonight's game against the Orioles.

Manager Ron Gardenhire chuckled about this Thursday. Now that the clocks have been moved ahead, it stays light here past 7:30 (Eastern), so Morneau will have to play a while to see those lights.

Francisco Liriano will be on the mound for the Twins. On Sunday against the Phillies, Liriano's line was: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. He was less erratic than he was earlier this spring, but the Twins would like to see him closer to regular-season form tonight.

Update: Michael Cuddyer still is not at the point where he's ready to turn and cut at full speed with his left foot, and Gardenhire doesn't know when he'll be ready for game action.

"They’re trying to put something in his shoe to kind of soften the pounding a little bit, and nothing’s worked yet," Gardenhire said.

Cuddyer had a wart surgically removed from his left foot on March 1.

Asked how concerned he was about Cuddyer being ready for the season, Gardenhire said, "You’d love to see him on the field, but I still don’t have any answers for you as for how long it’s going to take, how many at-bats [to get his timing back].

"Still gotta get him to where he can run, and then we’ll worry about the other part. No one’s more frustrated than Michael. Not a lot I can do about it, and I can’t really gauge anything until we get him out there.

"He could get out there the first three or four [exhibition] games, find a good feel and start swinging it. Really differs from person to person."

* Gardenhire said Joe Mauer is still scheduled to catch in Saturday's game against the Rays.

* The Twins sent Matt Brown to minor-league camp today and will make more cuts tomorrow.

TWINS (10-9)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, SS
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jeff Bailey, DH
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Brian Dinkelman, LF
7. Jason Repko, RF
8. Steve Holm, C
9. Trevor Plouffe, 2B

Listed pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Chuck James, Phil Dumatrait

ORIOLES (9-9)

1. J.J. Hardy, SS (candidate to lead off this year if Brian Roberts injured)
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Mark Reynolds, 3B
6. Luke Scott, LF
7. Jake Fox, 1B (has 7 HR this spring)
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Cesar Izturis

Starting pitcher: Brian Matusz

Ed Smith Stadium. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). No TV. Twins Radio Network.

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