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.

Gardenhire names Willingham his starting left fielder

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: March 25, 2012 - 11:40 AM

JUPITER, FLA. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire dropped a little news on the media during his pregame session: Josh Willingham will be the team's left fielder, not the right fielder, as he's played most of the spring.

Denard Span is in center field. Who's in right? It's a competition between Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee.

In January, Gardenhire said he planned to start Revere in left field, but now Revere appears to be in a reserve outfield role.

"I thought Ben in left field sounded fine, but then you start seeing everything and things start changing a little bit, and then I start moving them around," Gardenhire said. "If he’s going to be a part-time starter and part-time extra guy, you’ve got to be able to play them all."

Revere is in left field today (with Willingham back in Fort Myers), and Parmelee is in right field for the second consecutive day. Plouffe is out with a hamstring injury but he was hoping to play in a minor-league game Monday.

So much of this is up in the air, as the Twins try to decide if Justin Morneau should move to a regular DH role. If that happens, Parmelee might see a lot of time at first base.

"Yes, [the right field competition] does hinge on that," Gardenhire said. "A lot."

TWINS (13-10)

1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Luke Hughes, 2B
3. Danny Valencia, 3B
4. Chris Parmelee, RF
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Sean Burroughs, 1B
7. Brian Dinkelman, DH
8. Joe Benson, CF
9. Brian Dozier, SS

Starting pitcher: Nick Blackburn

CARDINALS (12-6-2)

1. Daniel Descalso, 2B
2. Carlos Beltran, RF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Lance Berkman, 1B
5. David Freese, 3B
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Jon Jay, CF
8. Rafael Furcal, SS
9. Kyle Lohse, P

Starting pitcher: Kyle Lohse

Roger Dean Stadium. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. No TV. Twins Radio Network

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