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.

Arcia's turn to sit out as Twins face Indians lefty

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 4, 2013 - 11:28 AM

CLEVELAND -- His presence in the lineup has allowed Chris Parmelee, Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau to take days off, but today Oswaldo Arcia is the one who gets to rest. The rookie, who has started 12 consecutive games since being called up when Darin Mastroianni went on the disabled list, is not in the Twins' lineup against Indians lefty Scott Kazmir.

In fact, Ron Gardenhire is using what is basically the Twins' A lineup today, with the exception of Doumit catching and Joe Mauer serving as designated hitter for a day game after a night game. He's also moved Trevor Plouffe, a righthander who homered last night -- the first opposite-field home run of his career, by the way -- to fifth in the order, ahead of Doumit, who is better from the left side than right, and Parmelee, another lefty who also homered Friday.

Kazmir is battling to regain major-league form after a slow descent from the ace who once struck out 239 batters for the Devil Rays (as they were known then). Injuries have cost him some velocity, but Gardenhire said he admires how Kazmir has reinvented himself as a pitcher who gets batters out by changing speeds and location. Still, he's 0-1 this season with an 8.64 ERA.

Nick Swisher is back for the Indians, though only as DH, after missing three games with a sore shoulder.

The lineups for today's matinee from Progressive Field, where it's currently 65 degrees:

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Mauer DH
Morneau 1B
Willingham LF
Plouffe 3B
Doumit C
Parmelee RF
Hicks CF
Florimon SS

Kevin Correia RHP

INDIANS
Brantley LF
Kipnis 2B
Cabrera SS
Swisher DH
Reynolds 1B
Santana C
Raburn RF
Chisenhall 3B
Stubbs CF
Carrera RF

Kazmir LHP
 

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