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.

Pregame: Minor injuries jumble Twins' outfield

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 11, 2013 - 4:03 PM

The busy schedule is starting to take its toll on the Twins, and on Ron Gardenhire's lineup-making.

Josh Willingham has been playing with a sore wrist, but Gardenhire noticed it bothering him yesterday, and decided it's time to give it a break. Aaron Hicks came in today with a sore elbow, probably mildly hyperextended, the Twins think, during an at-bat yesterday. Glen Perkins is still sore on his left side, and won't be available in the bullpen tonight, so Monday's starter, Pedro Hernandez, will be.

It's left Gardenhire with an unusual lineup, and it could have been even more so had he decided to move Oswaldo Arcia up in the order. Gardenhire and his coaches considered the move, but decided that "he's doing fine just where he is," the manager said. Arcia batted third in the second game of a doubleheader against Miami two weeks ago, "and it didn't go too well," Gardenhire said of Arcia's 1-for-5 night.

So with all those changes to work around, here are tonight's lineups:


McLouth LF
Machado 3B
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Hardy SS
Flaherty 2B
Reimold C

Johnson RHP


Dozier 2B
Mauer C
Doumit DH
Morneau 1B
Plouffe 3B
Parmelee RF
Arcia LF
Ramirez CF
Escobar SS

Worley RHP


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