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: Morneau, Repko, Dinkelman, Mijares

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 18, 2011 - 6:43 PM

Some leftover tidbits from Sunday's Twins coverage.

* The Twins headed to the airport after Sunday's 6-5 loss to Cleveland for a flight to New York, where they'll play a make-up game on Monday (first pitch 12:10 p.m., Central) before coming right back home to open a three-game series with the Mariners on Tuesday.

* Justin Morneau was in the clubhouse after the game. He's having two minor surgeries Monday, one to remove a cyst from his left knee and one to remove a bone spur from his right foot. The Twins have shut him down for the season, but he's hopeful this will be a better offseason than last year. Read about that in tonight's first editions.

* Jason Repko, who got hit in the helmet by Justin Masterson's pitch in the sixth inning, returned from Hennepin County Medical Center and said his CT Scan was fine. He had a headache, but that's gone away. He did not make the trip to New York. Masterson said, "I don't mind hitting people, just not in the head. You don't ever want to see a ball go up there."

* Manager Ron Gardenhire noted that Jose Mijares had been pitching pretty well before walking Jason Kipnis with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. I had to look it up, but that's a fair assessment. Mijares had a 6.26 ERA on July 25, and now it's 4.40 ERA. In 10 appearances before Sunday, Mijares was not charged with an earned run.

* Brian Dinkelman went 4-for-5 today after going 3-for-4 in Saturday's loss. He has at least three hits in three of his 14 major league games.


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