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.
Nick Blackburn heads to the mound on Friday night against Toronto, looking for his first win in 14 starts.
His last win came July 8, 2011 at Chicago. Since then, he is 0-8 with a 5.88 ERA in 13 starts.
The Twins are 0-5 in Blackburn's starts this season, and it's been a real struggle for the righthander, though not as bad as it's been for lefthander Francisco Liriano.
Blackburn did have a quality start two outings ago against the Angels, when he pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs in a 4-3 loss. He also pitched pretty well on April 14 against the Rangers before leaving with right shoulder stiffness.
BLUE JAYS (18-14)
1. Kelly Johnson, 2B
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Eric Thames, LF
6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
7. Colby Rasmus, CF
8. Adam Lind, 1B
9. J.P. Arencibia, C
Starting pitcher: RH Kyle Drabek (2-3, 3.34 ERA)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brian Dozier, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Darin Mastroianni, RF
9. Jamey Carroll, 2B
Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (0-4, 6.84 ERA)
Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network
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