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.
CLEVELAND -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw from Tsuyoshi Nishioka in his second game back from Class AAA Rochester, especially the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
“I think he was so much more relaxed today that he was yesterday,” Gardenhire said after Tuesday's 7-5 comeback win over the Indians. “He was better. That’s huge for him to get that RBI; everybody was rooting for him pretty hard. We needed it. ... It’s good to see him smile.”
Nishioka is 0-for-8 with a walk and the sac fly. Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman made a nice play to rob him of a hit Tuesday in the sixth inning.
The sac fly was “definitely big, but I haven’t gotten a hit yet,” Nishioka said through a translator. “At the same time, being able to contribute to the win, it definitely feels good.”
Gardenhire pulled Sam Deduno after the righthander had thrown 87 pitches over four innings. During his outing, Deduno issued five walks and hit a batter, allowing four runs over four innings.
“Deduno -- too many pitches,” Gardenhire said. “The game had no pace at all. Same with [Jeff] Manship. Fifty pitches in two innings is not good enough. We’ve got to do better than that.
“The game really had no pace on either side; their guy [Corey Kluber] was kind of laboring along, too. A long ballgame, but give the guys in our dugout credit; they kept playing.”
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