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 to DL; Kubel in a boot; ump explains

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: May 30, 2011 - 4:30 PM

DETROIT -- The Twins placed Francisco Liriano on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation after Monday's 6-5 loss to the Tigers.

The move was made retroactive to May 23, and Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Liriano only has to miss one more start.

To fill Liriano's roster spot, the Twins have promoted righthanded reliever Anthony Slama from Class AAA Rochester. Anthony Swarzak, who replaced Liriano on Saturday and took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, will pitch in his place again Thursday in Kansas City.

Kubel hobbled

Jason Kubel said he felt pain on the top of his left foot when he jumped at the wall, trying to catch the sixth-inning home run by Victor Martinez. Kubel said it hurt on the way up and even worse once when landed, as pain shot through his foot.

The Twins planned to place Kubel in a walking boot overnight before re-evaluating him Tuesday. Kubel said he hopes he's out just a couple days.

Controversial call

On Alex Avila's game-winning double down the left-field line in the eighth-inning, third base umpire Gary Darling told a pool reporter that he ruled fan interference by the man in an orange shirt, and the umpires believed Jhonny Peralta would have scored from first.

Of the orange-shirted fan, Darling said, "I had him reaching out" into the field of play.

The Twins felt it should either have been ruled a ground-rule double, and didn't feel Peralta would have scored even if it was fan interference.

After reviewing the replay several times, my view is that it should have been a ground-rule double with Peralta staying at third base. The orange-shirted fan did not reach out toward the field until after that ball hit him and the younger boy standing next to him.

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