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.
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The Twins will send have their Opening Day lineup together for the first time this spring, when they play the Orioles tonight at Hammond Stadium.
They also announced a flurry of roster moves:
C Steve Holm and OF Jeff Bailey were re-assigned to minor-league camp today. They plan to re-assign LHP Phil Dumatrait and catcher Danny Lehmann after Monday’s game.
Several players will travel to Atlanta for next week’s exhibition games and then be re-assigned to minor-league camp: RHP Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Kyle Waldrop, LHP Chuck James, C Rene Rivera, INF Chase Lambin and OF Brian Dinkelman.
What does this mean? The Twins have five remaining candidates -- LHP Dusty Hughes, LHP Glen Perkins, RHP Jeff Manship, RHP Jim Hoey and LHP Scott Diamond -- competing for three open bullpen spots.
The Twins also announced that long-time minor-league manager Phil Roof will replace bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek on a short-term basis, while Stelly recovers from a torn retina.
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Adam Jones, CF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Jake Fox, LF
6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
7. Nolan Reimold, RF
8. Craig Tatum, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS
Pitching: Brian Matusz, David Riske, Clay Rapada, Jim Johnson
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Jason Kubel, DH
7. Michael Cuddyer, RF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: Francisco Liriano, Kevin Slowey, Kyle Waldrop, Jeff Manship, Chuck James, Phil Dumatrait, Carlos Gutierrez.
Hammond Stadium. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network
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