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.

Twins rise early for finale in Cleveland

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 20, 2012 - 10:00 AM

CLEVELAND -- The Twins get one more chance to face an Indians team that is 17-47 since the All-Star break, with a series finale that starts today at 11:05 a.m., Central.

The Twins are 12-5 against Cleveland this year, including 12-2 in their past 14 meetings. Esmerling Vasquez returns to the mound for the Twins after showing some improvement in his last start. The Indians counter with righthander Corey Kluber, who has a good chance to be part of Cleveland’s 2013 rotation.

Update: Justin Morneau is getting a day off heading into a nine-game stretch against the Tigers and Yankees. Manager Ron Gardenhire has been impressed so far with rookie catcher Chris Herrmann and wanted to give him a chance to DH today.

TWINS (62-87)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Esmerling Vasquez (0-2, 7.53 ERA)

INDIANS (61-88)

1. Vinny Rottino, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Carlos Santana, DH
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Casey Kotchman, 1B
6. Brent Lillibridge, SS
7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
8. Thomas Neal, LF
9. Lou Marson, C

Starting pitcher: RH Corey Kluber (1-4, 5.48 ERA)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 11:05 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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