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 to play first base soon; Blackburn update; concern for Perkins

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: April 15, 2012 - 5:36 PM

A few notes from the clubhouse, gathered after the Twins 4-3 loss to the Rangers:

* Manager Ron Gardenhire said Justin Morneau likely will play first base on the upcoming road trip to New York and Tampa Bay. Morneau has started all nine games at DH so far this year.

* Nick Blackburn said his right shoulder felt tight today, about like he'd expect the day after a start. Asked if he'd be able to make his next start, he said yes but added that he wasn't sure what the plan will be.

* The Twins are concerned with Glen Perkins after his two rough outings this weekend. He looked nowhere near as sharp as he did last season.

"It stinks," Perkins said. "Liam [Hendriks] did a good job. Our hitters got us enough to win the game, and I didn’t do my job. It’s just as disappointing as any other bad outing. We needed a win today to avoid a sweep. We had them where we wanted them, and I didn’t get it done."

Jim Souhan and I will have more for tonight's first editions.


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