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: Baker's ready for Saturday

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: July 20, 2011 - 4:07 PM

The Twins plan to activate Scott Baker from the disabled list in time to make Saturday's start against the first-place Tigers, pitching coach Rick Anderson said Wednesday, after Minnesota's 7-5 victory over Cleveland at Target Field.

Baker, who has been on the DL with a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, tested it today in a bullpen session and said he felt great. He said barring an unforeseen development, he should be ready to go Saturday.

Baker is 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA. The Twins probably would have used Anthony Swarzak (2-3, 3.52 ERA) in Baker's place again, but now Swarzak can return to a long-relief role.

Pitching matchups vs. Detroit:

Thurs: Carl Pavano (6-6, 4.08 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (12-5, 2.29)

Friday: Brian Duensing (7-7, 4.14) vs. Max Scherzer (10-5, 4.53)

Saturday: Baker vs. RH Brad Penny (7-6, 4.47)

Sunday: Francisco Liriano (6-7, 4.56) vs. Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.76)


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