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.

Liriano heads to mound, as Twins try to win series against Angels

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: April 12, 2012 - 10:41 AM

The Twins have a chance to win a series against Albert Pujols and the Angels today, with Francisco Liriano on the mound. It’s a real opportunity for the Twins to distance themselves from that dismal weekend in Baltimore to start the season.

Liriano’s start Saturday was one of the most disappointing things to come out of that Orioles series. He struck out the side in the first inning, but the defense was shaky behind him, and he was done after the fourth, as the Twins went on to an 8-2 loss.

As good as the Angels starting pitching is, Dan Haren wasn't exactly masterful in his first start, either. He gave up five earned runs on 11 hits in a 6-3 loss to the Royals on Saturday.

Update: Joe Mauer is slated to catch again today, even with a day game after a night game. Ben Revere is starting in right field, and Chris Parmelee has been moved up in the batting order.

Asked if this is a sign Mauer's legs are feeling good, Manager Ron Gardenhire said, "I didn't ask him." Gardenhire noted that he stuck with Alexi Casilla because he's 2-for-2 for his career against Haren.

ANGELS (2-3)

1. Maicer Izturis, SS
2. Howie Kendrick, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Mark Trumbo, DH
6. Vernon Wells, LF
7. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
8. Bobby Wilson, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

Starting pitcher: RH Dan Haren (0-1, 8.44 ERA)

TWINS (1-4)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Ben Revere, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (0-1, 11.25 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 12:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network.

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