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.

Postgame: Casilla lightheaded; struggles mount for Mauer and Nishioka

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 24, 2011 - 11:49 PM

MILWAUKEE -- Alexi Casilla, Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka all went 0-for-4 and looked as bad as those numbers say in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers.

In the seventh inning, Manager Ron Gardenhire and trainer Dave Pruemer went onto the field to check on Casilla.

"He was light-headed," Gardenhire said. "He said he felt dizzy running to first base then said he was OK."

Gardenhire said the Twins planned to pinch hit for Casilla if he got another at-bat.

"Supposedly he's OK now," Gardenhire said. "We'll check on him tomorrow and see what happens."

Gardenhire met with Nishioka after the game, and it's possible Nishioka will get a breather Saturday with the Twins facing righthanded curve ball specialist Yovani Gallardo.

A switch-hitter, Nishioka is batting 6-for-29 (.207) from the right side and 3-for-25 (.120) from the left side.

Mauer is 3-for-25 since returning from the DL.

"They have to work their way out of it," Gardenhire said. "Both of them [Mauer and Nishioka] -- same thing. When they were on their rehab, they were both hitting. It just hasn’t translated over to here. So we’ve just gotta keep putting them out there and see what happens. Hopefully they’ll get swinging."


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