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.

Liriano still having shoulder issues in Detroit

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: May 30, 2011 - 11:29 AM

DETROIT -- Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano said his left shoulder did not feel well when he played catch before today's game against the Tigers, so he will likely miss one more start, at least.

The Twins had hoped he'd be able to test the shoulder in a bullpen session Tuesday, but that probably won't happen now, and Anthony Swarzak will likely make Thursday's start against the Royals.

Toward the end of batting practice today, Liriano was shagging balls in center field and having teammates throw the balls back toward the infield for him.

He's had an MRI exam, which showed inflammation, but the Twins were hoping that would subside.

Feel the heat: It feels like summer today. Finally. And that refrain is echoing through Detroit, too.

It's been chilly and/or rainy here for too many games, the locals say. But there should be a lot of sun these next three days with forecasted highs of 89, 89 and 80 degrees.

Justin Verlander pitched the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night, as Detroit avoided a four-game sweep. We'll see if the doubleheader has any effects on the Tigers today.

TWINS (17-34)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Jason Kubel, RF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Rene Rivera, C

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (4-4, 3.20 ERA)

TIGERS (26-26)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Andy Dirks, LF
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Perlata, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
9. Brandon Inge, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH Brad Penny (4-4, 4.45 ERA)

Comerica Park. First pitch: 12:10 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network


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