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.

Morneau out with a sore foot, heading into series finale against Yankees

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: August 21, 2011 - 11:17 AM

Justin Morneau fouled a ball off his right foot Saturday night, and it's still sore, so he's not in the lineup today, as the Twins try to split a four-game series with the Yankees at Target Field.

Manager Ron Gardenhire was going to give Joe Mauer a day off today but needed him to play first base.

Michael Cuddyer, who has been out since Aug. 10 with a sore neck, is going through a pregame workout and looks like he'll be ready to return to the lineup Monday. He'd be available off the bench today.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka remains out with back stiffness.

Nick Blackburn is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his past seven starts, but that includes his 6 2/3-inning, 0-earned run effort against Boston on Aug. 10, which earned him a no-decision.

Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup for the Yankees, who counter with rookie righthander Ivan Nova, who is 8-0 with a 3.90 ERA in his past nine starts.

YANKEES (76-48)

1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Ivan Nova (12-4, 4.21 ERA)

TWINS (55-70)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Rene Tosoni, LF
8. Matt Tolbert, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.53 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN/TBS. Twins Radio Network

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