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.
NEW YORK -- The Twins have a chance to win a series in the Bronx today for the first time since May 2001.
Joe Mauer and Jim Thome are back in the lineup, and Delmon Young is on the bench. Francisco Liriano opposes A.J. Burnett in a battle of two unpredictable pitchers.
It's cold and windy at Yankee Stadium, though the temperature is supposed to warm slightly by game time.
Update: Manager Ron Gardenhire said Joe Mauer will catch Friday's home opener.
"Pavano’s pitching, and normally Butera is his catcher, but since it’s Opening Day at home, I’ll try not to get us booed as loudly," Gardenhire said. "They might boo me anyway, but if I catch Mauer, that’s one spot I won’t get booed."
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Jason Kubel, LF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS
Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (0-1, 8.31 ERA)
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Andruw Jones, LF
8. Russell Martin, C
9. Brett Gardner, CF
Starting pitcher: RH A.J. Burnett (1-0, 5.40 ERA)
Yankee Stadium. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network
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