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.

Gardenhire: Mauer feels 'really, really good'

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: March 31, 2011 - 3:56 PM

TORONTO -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer will enter Friday night's season opener coming off two full days of rest.

The Twins and Blue Jays will have a quick turnaround Saturday, with a noon (Central) start. Catchers often take a break with a night game coming after a day game, but Mauer might not need it.

Mauer had arthroscopic left knee surgery in December. He played in eight exhibition games this spring, batting .300 (6-for-20) with one double, seven RBI and four walks. He sat out of Wednesday afternoon's exhibition game in Atlanta after playing Tuesday night.

 “Actually, he feels really, really good,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He was ready to catch [Wednesday] if we wanted him to.”

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