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.

Like Twins, Angels had a quiet trade deadline

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Twins game coverage, Twins rumors Updated: August 1, 2011 - 2:52 PM

ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- If it's any solace for Twins fans frustrated after Sunday's non-waiver trade deadline, the Angels didn't make a deal either.

The Angels, who sit just two games behind the AL West-leading Rangers,  were looking for an impact bat and bullpen help but GM Tony Reagins came away empty-handed, just like Twins GM Bill Smith.

"Really, the asking price for players didn't go down," Reagins said in this Orange County Register story. "From what I experienced, as we got closer to the deadline, a lot of teams stood firm on what they were looking to get in return. There were teams that set their sights on a certain level of either prospects or whatever and didn't really waver from it."

That sounds like what the Twins did in their discussions about Denard Span with Washington, and perhaps the Angels were among the teams asking them about Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer. The Angels had one of their veteran scouts, New Ulm native Jeff Schugel, planted at Target Field during the Twins' last homestand.

On deck

The Twins and Angels are both enjoying an off day today before opening a three-game series on Tuesday night at the Big A. Brian Duensing pitches for Minnesota, and Ervin Santana (Francisco Liriano's righthanded twin) will be making his first start since his no-hitter at Cleveland last Wednesday.

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