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.

Walters returns to mound, as Twins open series in Cleveland

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 18, 2012 - 3:00 PM

CLEVELAND -- It was raining when I landed this morning, and the forecast looked grim, but it's drying up now, so we'll see if the Twins and Indians can open this three-game series tonight.

The last-place Twins sit one game behind Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians defeated Detroit on Sunday and wound up winning that season series 10-8.

This will be a big road trip for P.J. Walters, who is scheduledto  start tonight and then Sunday in Detroit. Walters is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA in two starts since returning from his shoulder injury. The Indians counter with lefthander David Huff. 

TWINS (60-87)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

Starting pitcher: RH P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.70 ERA)

INDIANS (61-86)

1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Russ Canzler, DH
7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Ezequiel Carrera, LF

Starting pitcher: LH David Huff (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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