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.

Blue Jays claim Hoey from the Twins

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins pitching, Twins rumors Updated: December 12, 2011 - 12:58 PM

The Jim Hoey era has come to an end for the Twins.

Toronto claimed Hoey on waivers, Twins GM Terry Ryan said today in an interview on 1500ESPN. Hoey, 28, one of two pitchers the Twins received from Baltimore for shortstop J.J. Hardy last year went 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA in 26 appearances for the Twins.

The hard-throwing righthander had 14 strikeouts and 13 walks in 24 2/3 innings.

On his Twitter account (@JHoey5), the reliever said, "I enjoyed everything Minnesota had to offer but it's time to be Canadian! At least I don't have to give up those bombs to Bautista."

This opens a spot on the 40-man roster for the Twins, leaving a spot to sign a right fielder. Ken Rosenthal, of FoxSports.com, has tweeted that the Rockies are making an "aggressive" push to sign Cuddyer.

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