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: Twins put it all together -- for one night, at least

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage, Twins offense, Twins pitching Updated: July 27, 2012 - 11:39 PM

The Twins played their most complete game of the season in Friday night’s 11-0 victory over Cleveland.

Pitching? Scott Diamond delivered the team’s second complete game of the season and first of his career. It was a three-hit shutout with no walks and six strikeouts.

He said he’s learned a lot from Carl Pavano, who had 10 complete games for the Twins over the previous two seasons.

“I owe it all to him,” Diamond said. “He’s really helped me get to a mental state that’s helped me get through the games, especially when I’m in trouble and what can get me out of the inning.”

Offense? The Twins got three-run homers from Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham and finished with 15 hits.

They scored their first eight runs with two outs. After batting .140 (7-for-50) with runners in scoring position during their last road trip, they went 7-for-14 in those situations against Cleveland.

“That’s some of the things that really let us down in Chicago,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We put a lot of men on the bases in Chicago and didn’t come up with anything. It starts with the big guys. When they put it in the seats, it makes it look pretty easy.”

Defense? Shortstop Brian Dozier and second baseman Alexi Casilla combined to make three terrific plays, turning would-be hits into outs.

“If we could play like that every day, we’d be alright,” Morneau said.


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