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 option Hughes, clearing a spot for Span

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: July 31, 2011 - 6:36 PM

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- The Twins optioned infielder Luke Hughes to Class AAA Rochester after today's 7-3 loss and announced that they plan to activate center fielder Denard Span from the disabled list before Tuesday's game in Anaheim, Calif.

Span, who has been out with a concussion since June 6, is playing his final rehab game for Rochester tonight, and assuming all goes well, he'll fly to California on Monday.

The Twins are off Monday before opening a three-game series with the Angels. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tues: Brian Duensing (8-8, 4.35 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (6-8, 3.47 -- first start since his no-hitter)
Wed: Scott Baker (8-6, 2.86) vs. Joel Pineiro (5-5, 4.91)
Thurs: Francisco Liriano (7-8, 4.67) vs. Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 3.93)

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