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 2: Walters vs. Smyly; Mauer says catching Cabrera will be tough

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 23, 2012 - 4:28 PM

DETROIT -- The Twins will try to continue playing spoiler in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Tigers after posting a 10-4 victory in Game 1.

Joe Mauer, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI as the DH in Game 1, will be catching P.J. Walters in Game 2.

Miguel Cabrera, who leads all three Triple Crown categories, went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1, keeping his batting average at .332. Mauer is batting .326.

“There’s 10 games left, and the way he’s swinging the bat, it’d be pretty tough to catch him,” said Mauer, a three-time batting champ. “But I’m still going to go out there and do what I can do.”

Stat of the night: The Twins went 0-8 in four doubleheaders last year. They are 5-0 through 2 1/2 doubleheaders this year.

Update: The Game 1 victory assures the Twins of not finishing with 100 losses. They finished 63-99 last year.

TWINS (63-89)

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

Starting pitcher: RH P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.39 ERA)

TIGERS (80-71)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Brennan Boesch, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Drew Smyly (4-3, 4.45 ERA)

Comerica Park. First pitch: 6:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN.

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