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.

Diamond faces the Phillies tonight

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 14, 2012 - 7:08 PM

Update: The game is starting on time.

The last thing the Twins and Phillies want tonight is a rainout, but the Minneapolis+MN+55403:4:US">hourly forecast on looks pretty daunting.

Since this is getaway night for the Phillies, and this is obviously their lone trip to Minnesota, the teams will do everything they can to play. Otherwise, the Phillies would have to come back on a mutual off day, and one possibility is Sept. 6.

If they play tonight, the Twins will have their best starting pitcher on the mound, in Scott Diamond, facing the struggling Joe Blanton, who is 1-3 with a 9.91 ERA in his past five starts.

The Twins placed pitcher P.J. Walters on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, with reliever Lester Oliveros here to take his roster spot. We’ll get an update later on the team’s starting pitching plans moving forward.

Update: Manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins plan to have Liam Hendriks make Saturday's start against the Brewers, though the team doesn't want to make that official yet. Gardenhire said he's not sure who will take Walters' spot the next time it comes up, but said Jeff Manship is a candidate.

PHILLIES (30-34)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40 ERA)

TWINS (25-36)

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Ty Wigginton, 1B
8. John Mayberry, Jr., LF
9. Michael Martinez, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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