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.

Game 1: Diamond vs. Scherzer; Arcia, Hermsen receive Twins minor-league honors

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 23, 2012 - 11:15 AM

DETROIT -- The first-place White Sox lost to the Angels again Saturday night, leaving the Tigers a half-game back heading into Sunday’s doubleheader against the Twins.

Scott Diamond opposes Max Scherzer in Game 1, and P.J. Walters opposes Drew Smyly in Game 2.

Diamond is 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA in three career starts against the Tigers. Scherzer left Tuesday’s start against Oakland with right shoulder fatigue, and it was touch and go, whether he’d be able to make this start. Before the injury, Scherzer was on fire. He’s 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his past eight starts.


The Twins named Oswaldo Arcia their Minor League Player of the Year and B.J. Hermsen their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Each started the year at Class A Fort Myers and ended the year at Class AA New Britain.

Arcia, 21, batted a combined .320 with 17 home runs, 98 RBI and a .928 OPS.

Hermsen, 22, went a combined 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 26 starts. The 6-5 righthander isn’t overpowering, but as they say, he knows how to pitch.

Update: The Twins say Samuel Deduno will return to face the Yankees on Wednesday, on three day's rest. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings on Saturday, so he wasn't overtaxed. Deciding this now allows Brian Duensing to pitch in today's doubleheader, if needed.

Pitching matchups for the Yankees series: Hendriks/Pettitte (Mon); Vaszuez/Hughes (Tues); Deduno/Sabathia (Wed).

TWINS (62-89)

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

Starting pitcher: LH Scott Diamond (11-8, 3.69 ERA)

TIGERS (80-70)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF
9. Gerald Laird, C

Starting pitcher: RH Max Scherzer (16-6, 3.78 ERA)

Comerica Park. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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