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.

Twins enjoy an off day while White Sox and Red Sox scramble

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: May 5, 2011 - 11:08 AM

CHICAGO -- If Twins fans think they've had it rough this season, how about White Sox fans.

This year's marketing slogan for the White Sox is "All in." So far, they've been all-out failures.

Now, it's on to Boston, where Red Sox manager Terry Francona slept in the clubhouse after last night's 5-3, 13-inning loss to the Angels, which included a long rain delay and didn't end until 2:45 a.m. (Read More on the Boston Globe's Extra Bases blog.)

The Red Sox used Friday's scheduled starter Dice-K Matsuzaka, so they might have to call up Alfredo Aceves to face the Twins. Before that, they have an afternoon game against the Angels today.

Relievers Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler are heading to the disabled list. Meanwhile, the Twins are getting a day off for the second time this week.

The Twins have to hope Justin Morneau can get his bat going at Fenway Park. He's 2-for-18 so far on this road trip. He did hit his lone homer of the season in Kansas City and flied out to the warning track on Wednesday against the White Sox.

But the Twins need more. Jason Kubel can only do so much.


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